Ajit Pai

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Ajit Pai

Former Indian cricketer who played in one Test in 1969 add

Category: Cricket

Born in 1945.

Countries: United States (56%), (21%), U.S. (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Federal Communications Commission, Internet, Net neutrality

Linked to: Harvard University, Republican Party, University of Chicago, Federal Communications Commission

 

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Ajit Pai was born in 1945 add something


1973

The son of Konkani immigrants from India, Pai was born on January 10, 1973 in Buffalo, New York add something


1994

He earned a B.A. with honors in Social Studies from Harvard in 1994 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997, where he was an editor of the "University of Chicago Law Review" and won the Thomas J. Mulroy Prize add something


1996

There, he worked on proposed mergers and acquisitions and on novel requests for regulatory relief following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 add something


2001

Pai left his Department of Justice post in February 2001 to serve as Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., where he handled competition matters, regulatory issues, and counseling of business units on broadband initiatives add something


2004

He returned to the Department of Justice to serve as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy in May 2004 add something


2005

He held that position until February 2005, when he was hired as Chief Counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights add something


2007

Between 2007 and 2011, Pai held several positions in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, serving most prominently as Deputy General Counsel add something


2010

In 2010, Pai was one of 55 individuals nationwide chosen for the 2011 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a leadership development initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States add something


2011

In 2011, Pai was nominated for a Republican Party position on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama at the recommendation of Minority leader Mitch McConnell add something

 

Pai returned to the private sector in April 2011, working in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Jenner & Block where he was a Partner in the Communications Practice add something


2012

He has served in various positions at the FCC since being appointed to the commission by President Barack Obama in May 2012, at the recommendation of Mitch McConnell add something

 

He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012 and was sworn in on May 14, 2012 for a term that concluded on June 30, 2016 add something

 

He was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on May 7, 2012, and was sworn in on May 14, 2012, for a five-year term add something

 

Pai gave his first major speech since taking office on July 18, 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University add something

 

Finally, he advocated for completing the rules for the AWS-4 spectrum band by September 2012 and conducting the broadcast spectrum incentive auctions by June 30, 2014 add something


2013

The 2013 FCC analysis, described how, in some cases, long-distance calls are charged six times the rate on the outside add something


2014

In another 2014 letter, Pai criticized Netflix, writing that their Open Connect caching tools effectively secure fast lanes for its traffic add something

 

Pai wrote an op-ed for "The Wall Street Journal" in 2014 criticizing a proposed FCC study of the news-gathering practices of media organizations add something

 

In October 2014, Pai wrote an op-ed in "The Washington Post" criticizing a government-funded research project named "Truthy" at Indiana University which was studying the spread of "false and misleading ideas, hate speech and subversive propaganda" online add something


2015

Pai voted against the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order, which served as the basis for net neutrality regulations add something

 

Net neutrality - FCC commissioner Ajit Pai, who opposed the 2015 Title II reclassification of ISPs, says that the ruling allows new fees and taxes on broadband by subjecting them to the telephone-style taxes under the Universal Service Fund

 

Net neutrality - FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Federal Election Commission's Lee Goldman wrote in a Politico piece in February 2015, "Compare Europe, which has long had utility-style regulations, with the United States, which has embraced a light-touch regulatory model


2016

In November 2016, the ICS provider won a halt to cap the rates add something


2017

In January 2017, President Donald Trump named Pai as Chairman of the agency add something

 

Then Pai was designated chairman of the FCC by President Donald Trump in January 2017 for a five-year term add something

 

Shortly after his January 23 confirmation as chairman, Pai withdrew support for the FCC case involving GTL and CenturyLink set for February 6, 2017 which had called for curbing phone call prices add something

 

In March 2017, Trump announced that he would renominate Pai to serve another five-year term at the FCC, which will require confirmation by the U.S. Senate add something

 

On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission took the first formal step toward dismantling the net neutrality rules add something

 

He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the additional five-year term on October 2, 2017 add something

 

In a speech two weeks before the FCC's scheduled December 2017 vote on net neutrality, Pai was critical of celebrities including Cher, Mark Ruffalo, and Alyssa Milano for boosting opposition to the planned repeal add something

 

Internet service provider - Upon becoming FCC chairman in April 2017, Ajit Pai proposed an end to net neutrality, awaiting votes from the commission

 

Federal Communications Commission - On April 27, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise the legal foundation for the agency's Open Internet regulations

 

Federal Communications Commission - On April 27, 2017, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would revise the legal foundation for the agency's Open Internet regulations

 

Sinclair Broadcast Group - In response to Sinclair's May 2017 purchase of Tribune, Craig Aaron, president/CEO of media advocacy group Free Press, accused Sinclair of currying favor with the Trump administration through the interview arrangement with Trump, the group's February hiring of former Trump campaign aide Boris Epshteyn as a political analyst, and executive chair David Smith's meetings with then-FCC commissioner Ajit Pai prior to Pai's appointment as the agency's chair in exchange for deregulating media ownership rules to allow the company to expand its broadcasting portfolio

 

Net neutrality - On November 21, 2017, FCC chairman Ajit Pai unveiled plans to repeal the net neutrality policy in the United States

 

Net neutrality - But on December 14, 2017, the Commission, which was led by Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to partially repeal the 2015 Open $ Internet Order, classifying Internet access once again as an information service


2018

In February 2018, the National Rifle Association awarded Pai with the Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award for repealing net neutrality rules despite facing heavy public criticism add something

 

When the US Senate voted by 52-47 "to put the Federal Communications Commission's net-neutrality rules back in place" in May 2018, Pai was said to be "upset", stating having no net neutrality rules "will help promote digital opportunity" while making "high-speed Internet access available to every single American add something

 

Tribune Company - The U.S. Department of Justice has just signaled that it is ready to approve the deal between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media - however, on February 15, 2018, the New York Times reported that amendments recently made to the rules of the Federal Communications Commission regulating media-firm mergers by its current Commissioner, Ajit Pai, alleging that the amendments being promulgated by the Commissioner were being made to the benefit of Sinclair, as alleged by the FCC's own inspector general, David L. Hunt

 

Sinclair Broadcast Group - On July 16, 2018, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai rejected the deal between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media and proposed that the deal be sent to a hearing

 

Tribune Company - On July 16, 2018, Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai rejected the deal between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media and proposed that the deal be sent to a hearing

 

Food Network - On July 16, 2018, FCC chairman Ajit Pai was reported to have "serious concerns" about the merger and proposed a hearing before an administrative law judge