Pai: FCC Should Defer to Congress on Net Neutrality

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai told C-SPAN this week that the network neutrality debate has turned into a political football and says the FCC should pass that ball to Congress.  

Pai was being interviewed for C-SPAN's The Communicators.  

The commissioner, the senior Republican on the panel, has historically called for Congress to step in and clarify the FCC's authority and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have just done so, circulating a draft bill late last week and holding hearings on it this week.

So far, there are no Democrats on the draft, but Republicans have signaled their willingness to work on the many problems Dems raised in net neutrality Hill hearings this week. 

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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.