Pai + Trump = Quick Re-nomination as FCC Chair

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One meeting, one new re-nomination. Must have been quite cordial. Kill net neutrality. Open up whatever anyone – except those pesky do-good groups – wants from the Federal Confusion Commission.

By all accounts, Ajit Pai is a nice guy with a mission: Deregulate at will! He’s earned keeping that position for the Tweeter-in-Chief.

And soon it’ll be a three-to-one commission. At least I’m betting so … make sure nothing gets investigated at all.

But he sure has been doing things!  As Bloomberg reported: “Pai has already suspended a requirement that Internet service providers safeguard customers’ data and moved to ease broadband construction mandates imposed when the agency approved Charter Communications Inc.’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. last year.

“He also closed inquiries opened by Democrats into whether free wireless data plans from AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile U.S. Inc. violate open-Internet rules by favoring mobile providers’ affiliates.”

The new U.S. theme song: “Whatever Business Wants … Business Gets!”

Great for the short run.  Good for the U.S.A.?

Random Notes

Wiki-Leaks leaks CIA stuff -- lots of it.

Samsung TVs got hacked by the CIA. (Samsung had warned of the possibility years ago when they launched “smart” TVs.)

Did the CIA miss Vizio’s hackability?  Read about last month’s fines?

Is the Internet of Things (IoT) a blanket invitation to hackers -- state controlled or not -- everywhere?

So which network will track your every viewing first?  Or is it already happening?  Do HBOGo, CBS All Access and others like Netflix and Hulu track your every usage? (Well, probably, but they most likely don’t listen and/or watch you … yet.)

Ajit Pai is loosening data privacy regulations so that your ISP can track your habits just like those big edge companies (otherwise known as Google, FaceBook, et al).

It is now the existential question everyone will have to answer: How private do I want to remain?

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