Weed Whacking the Economy

Trump's FCC Chairman targets policies that create jobs and prosperity

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Media Outlet: New America Weekly

In New America Weekly, Joshua Stager, wrote about the new FCC Chairman's vow to change the Commission's regulatory regime.

Telecom lobbyists rejoiced last month when President Trump selected Ajit Pai to lead the Federal Communications Commission. Pai, a former Verizon lawyer and first-term FCC commissioner, has vowed to take a “weed whacker” to the agency’s regulatory regime. But the FCC’s rules aren’t just a bunch of red tape—they protect consumers, foster innovation, create jobs, and serve as a vital check on the gatekeeper power of big telecommunications companies. If Pai razes the rules he’s criticized in the past, the harm to the American economy will be substantial.


Joshua Stager is policy counsel and government affairs lead at the Open Technology Institute, specializing in telecommunications law and policy.