FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who killed net neutrality, will step down after Trump term ends

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Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, will finish up in January.


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Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will step down Jan. 20, the agency said in a release Monday. He was appointed by President Donald Trump, who took office in 2017, and will leave on the day Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, is inaugurated.

“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as chairman of the FCC over the past four years,” Pai said in the release. “I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity to lead the agency in 2017, to President Obama for appointing me as a Commissioner in 2012, and to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the Senate for twice confirming me. To be the first Asian American to chair the FCC has been a particular privilege. As I often say: only in

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to leave telecom agency on January 20

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, says he is leaving the telecommunications regulator on Inauguration Day.

President-elect Joe Biden will choose a new Democratic head for the agency. A new administration typically picks a new chairman.

Pai has presided over a contentious FCC over the last four years. He undid net neutrality rules that barred internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from favoring some types of online traffic over others in 2017 and championed other deregulatory efforts. He has also worked to free up spectrum for cellphone companies so they can roll out 5G, the next-generation wireless standard that promises faster speeds, and cracked down on Chinese telecom companies as national security threats.

The incoming FCC is likely to try to reinstate net neutrality rules and focus on closing the “digital divide,” getting internet service to Americans who don’t have it because it’s not available or they

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NADA Chairman Lashes Out At Automakers Over ‘Mausoleum Mandates’

The Covid-19 pandemic has put the move to digital world on “hyperdrive” according to the chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and the result is likely to be an escalation of a decades-long battle between dealers and automakers.

Speaking to a virtual meeting of the Automotive Press Association, NADA Chairman Rhett Ricart pointed to the move towards doing more business online as further evidence against what he called “mausoleum mandates” by automakers that force dealers to make costly investments to enlarge and enhance their showrooms.

“For most dealers these programs have been costly, burdensome, and didn’t do a damn

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Tribe chairman charged with bribery in casino development

BOSTON (AP) — The chairman of a Massachusetts tribe and the owner of an architecture firm have been arrested and charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe’s plans to build a resort casino, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Cedric Cromwell, 55, of Attleboro, and David DeQuattro, 54, of Warwick, Rhode Island, were indicted on charges of accepting or paying bribes and conspiring to commit bribery. Cromwell, who is chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, also faces extortion charges.

Joseph Bonavolonta, the head of the FBI’s Boston office, said Cromwell is accused of using his position as chairman to extort tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and engaging in a conspiracy with DeQuattro to commit bribery.


Authorities said DeQuattro, who owns an architecture-and-design company, provided Cromwell with payments and other benefits valued at nearly $60,000 between 2014 and 2017 in exchange for nearly $5 million in contracts with the tribe’s

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