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Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai, speaks during an open hearing and vote on Net Neutrality in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The FCC has agreed to impose strict new regulations on Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T. The regulatory agency voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of rules aimed at enforcing what's called "net neutrality." That's the idea that service providers shouldn't intentionally block or slow web traffic, creating paid fast lanes on the Internet. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Net neutrality could be a thing of the past. Trump expected to tap Ajit Pai to FCC.


President Trump is expected to tap Ajit Pai to lead the Federal Communications Commission, according to Politico.

The position oversees the nation's communications industry, including Internet, broadband, and radio activity. 

Pai, unlike Trump's other Cabinet nominees, won't need to be confirmed by the Senate because he was commissioned by President Obama to serve as the FCC's Republican representative, allowing him to skip out of going through the confirmation process a second time. 

He could take on the new role almost immediately.

Pai has vowed to fire up the weed whacker against net neutrality.

As Ars Technica pointed out, shortly after Trump's election, Pai said in a speech he'd "fire up the weed whacker and remove those rules that are holding back investment, innovation, and job creation." 

The former Verizon lawyer also said "during the Trump Administration, we will shift from playing defense at the FCC to going on offense."

Pai is a foe of the contentious net neutrality regulations, which require that internet service providers, like Comcast, treat web providers equally. Because of net neutrality restrictions, service providers cannot provide slower speeds for services like Netflix. 

Without net neutrality, companies would be able to buy priority access, which may ultimately harm smaller companies unable to purchase faster services. Critics say the lack of regulation may decentivize startups and slow innovation.

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