McNerney: Pai Won't Let Me Speak at FCC Meeting

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has declined his request to address the FCC's Dec. 14 open meeting, where Pai and fellow Republicans are preparing to vote to eliminate most net neutrality rules.

McNerney vociferously opposes the rollback and pointed out in a press release that there is precedent for outside entities to speak at open meetings. Most often those are testimonials in support of an item backed by the chairman--access to telecom services by various communities, for example--rather than speakers in opposition to an item being voted.

"Chairman Pai has disregarded this precedent and denied the Congressman’s request," said McNerney's office.

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“I’m very disappointed that the FCC Chairman has not only denied my request to address the full Commission, but has also denied my previous request to speak with him one-on-one prior to the vote on the elimination of net neutrality protections," the Congressman said.

An FCC spokesperson was not available for comment.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.