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Don’t Shoot the Messenger

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Oftentimes, when people hear news that upsets them, their first instinct is to blame the person that told them simply because they are the easiest person to blame. However, that person may not share the same view that they are reporting, they may just be doing their job.  

This is the case for The Federal Communications Chairman, Ajit Pai with regards to the issue of Net Neutrality. Many people think that he wants to end net neutrality all together and therefore that he that he is anti-free speech or anti-small business.

Take this quote from the Free Press Organization for example, “Trump’s FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, wants to destroy net neutrality. In May, the FCC voted to let Pai’s internet-killing plan move forward.”

This organization paints Pai as a violent person, someone who wants to destroy the internet when in reality that is not the case at all. Ajit Pai’s real stance on net neutrality is actually quite moderate. Chairman Pai is apart of the Republican party, which means he stands for less government and more commerce. So, his actual goal is not to destroy neutrality but to excise regulations called the Title II regulations, which are regulations that allow the government to have control over some aspects of the internet.

“And my concern is that, by imposing those heavy-handed economic regulations on Internet service providers big and small, we could end up disincentivizing companies from wanting to build out Internet access to a lot of parts of the country, in low-income, urban and rural areas, for example” explains Chairman Pai.

Overall, Ajit Pai is not a terrorist against free speech or people’s basic rights but he instead is just an advocate for less government, which not matter what your opinion is on that, is not the same thing as net neutrality.  

 

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