The head of the Federal Communications Commission and native of Parsons, Kansas, Ajit Pai is defending his plan to undo the country’s net-neutrality rules. In a speech this week, the FCC Chairman spoke out against his critics in Hollywood. According to the Associated Press, Pai referred to comments by Cher, Mark Ruffalo, Alyssa Milano, and George Takei as “absurd.” One criticism of his plan is that it will allow phone and cable companies to block some sites and apps while favoring others. But Pai argued internet companies are “a much bigger actual threat to an open internet” because they choose what people see on their services. In addition to the Hollywood celebs, Pai called out Twitter, saying it suspends accounts or takes away the blue check mark that marks a “verified” user for conservatives more often than it does for liberals.
According to Forbes.com Pai previously worked as a lawyer for Verizon, a company many critics say will benefit big from the removal of the current net neutrality rules. The FCC vote is scheduled for December 14, 2017.
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