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Chairman Pai has a record of promising to undo the agency's landmark 2015 net neutrality rules as well as targeting consumer privacy while refusing to stand against consolidation among telecommunications and media giants.

Politico's report, however, says that Pai will be named Wheeler's official replacement.

"Two industry sources" who are familiar with the decision said an announcement could be made as soon as today, the report said. According to agency rules, Pai can serve as chair up to the end of 2017 without Senate confirmation. A spokesman for Pai declined to comment and the Trump transition team did not respond to an emailed request for comment. Still, the order to classify broadband Internet as a public utility passed. More practically, they're meant to keep internet service providers from blocking or slowing down certain Internet content - which could in turn help services owned by an ISP itself - or forcing others to pay fees to receive preferential treatment. Internet companies like Google and Netflix will protest any efforts to overturn it while large telcos like AT&T and Verizon will hail the efforts as a lighter touch regime that will encourage network investments.

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Perry quipped, breaking down in laughter, as did the rest of the audience and senators in the usually serious hearing room. Texas is also home to a DOE nuclear weapons plant, Pantex, in Amarillo.


Pai is now a commissioner on the FCC board and when made the official head, could actually find himself at odds with President Trump on a few key issues.

Regardless of when Pai takes over the FCC reins, it's likely he's going to find ways to reverse or dilute regulatory oversight on issues like net neutrality and business data services (BDS) reform-two issues he argued exceeded the FCC's authority.

Removing the net neutrality regulations could take a while as the FCC probably would have to go through a formal rule-making process. (Advocacy is frequently used as a euphemism for lobbying in DC; there are easily-avoided rules about who has to technically register as a lobbyist.) He later worked for Senators Sam Brownback and Jeff Sessions on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was a general counsel at the FCC in the Bush administration. Jenner & Block also represented Charter Communications to the FCC in its $90 billion merger with the widely-loathed Time Warner Cable; the firm's site boasts that it "defeated challenges to the deal from an array of opponents, including competitors and public interest groups".


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