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Written by Nick Heer.

You Can Help Fire Ajit Pai

I don’t like the way Ajit Pai has been running the FCC. I may be Canadian, but the influence of the FCC on worldwide telecom policy is such that I feel obligated to encourage my American readers to think critically about how well you think Pai has been running the Commission. Fortunately, if you are not a fan of the way he’s running the show, you can do something about it.

Ex-FCC counselor Gigi Sohn, in a column for the Verge:

The Senate vote on Pai is imminent. When it happens, it will be a stark referendum on the kind of communications networks and consumer protections we want to see in this country. Senators can choose a toothless FCC that will protect huge companies, allow them to further consolidate, charge higher prices with worsening service, and a create bigger disconnect between broadband haves and have-nots. Or, they can vote for what the FCC is supposed to do: protect consumers, promote competition, and ensure access for all Americans, including the most vulnerable. It shouldn’t be a hard decision, and what we’ve seen over the past eight months makes the stakes clear.

How do you help encourage the Senate to vote against Pai? Say it with me now: “call your Senator”. While you’re at it, just add the Senate’s switchboard to your iPhone’s favourite contacts list.