Chris Morran of Consumerist:
In recent years, the FCC played a key part in blocking the mergers of AT&T and T-Mobile, and Comcast and Time Warner Cable, while also using its regulatory leverage to place pro-consumer conditions on the mergers it did approve — like getting Charter to agree to not use data caps for seven years. However, the FCC will apparently give AT&T its wish and not even chime in on the pending merger of AT&T and Time Warner.
This is according to recently elevated FCC Chair Ajit Pai, who told the Wall Street Journal today that he has no reason to review the merger if it’s not brought to the Commission’s attention.
Are you becoming increasingly sick of me regularly posting links to articles that explain how this FCC chairman is slowly, but quite deliberately, dismantling basic protections that help prevent an inevitable consolidation of power that threatens the principles and products of an open and free internet? Don’t send your complaints to me; I’m not who you should be writing to.