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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: The Truth About the Restoring Internet Freedom Order

December 11, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai joins the show to separate the truth from fake news about net neutrality.

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai about the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, a proposed order that would undo the agency’s 2015 power grab taking control of the internet and help free-market principles go online.

For most of the internet’s history the government’s light-touch approach to internet regulation had facilitated innovation and growth, Pai says. FCC was wrong to get into the business of dominating the online world, and the Order will get the agency out of that business.

The debate over “net neutrality” isn’t really about net neutrality per se, Pai says, but is actually about something called “paid prioritization,” in which content producers can pay internet companies to ensure bits get to consumer faster, like taking a toll road to get somewhere instead of taking a public highway.

Instead of worrying about the fake problem of net neutrality, Pai says he wants to continue improving the internet for all consumers, encouraging companies to invest in infrastructure development and solving real problems.

Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH