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Trump Picks 'Net Neutrality' Foe Ajit Pai as FCC Head

The Republicans' FCC majority would help them roll back pro-consumer policies that upset many phone and cable industry groups

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    In this file photo, Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on Net Neutrality in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

    President Donald Trump has reportedly picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

    Citing unidentified people, Bloomberg and Politico both reported Friday that the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will be Ajit Pai, an old hand at the agency. Pai's chief of staff, Matthew Berry, declined to comment. FCC spokesmen did not immediately reply to emails.

    Pai is one of the two Republican commissioners on a 5-member panel that regulates the country's communications infrastructure, including TV, phone and internet service.

    The Republicans' FCC majority would help them roll back pro-consumer policies that upset many phone and cable industry groups, including net neutrality rules that bar internet service providers from favoring websites and apps over others.

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