On Monday the Trump administration announced the appointment of Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Last week when we talked to Prof. Christopher Terry from the University of Minnesota he predicted that Pai would be the pick, and now that it’s happened we call him back to help us understand what to expect and what to pay attention to.
In particular Prof. Terry explains what the FCC can and cannot do in the near future, and what procedural maneuvers the Republican majority on the Commission can undertake now to loosen regulations in effect, even without an official change in policy. This includes important issues like media ownership and network neutrality. He also addresses a proposed change in how ownership is reported in a station’s public file.
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