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FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave up on his legally dicey attempt to ‘clarify’ internet law

FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave up on his legally dicey attempt to ‘clarify’ internet law
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FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave up on his legally dicey attempt to ‘clarify’ internet law

FCC chairman Ajit Pai gave up on his legally dicey try and ‘make clear’ web legislation

On October fifteenth, FCC chairman Ajit Pai promised that the FCC would “transfer ahead with a rulemaking” to make clear the “which means” of Part 230, the all-important web legislation that protects free speech on-line.

Apparently, Pai by no means acquired round to that — and fewer than three months later, he not plans to, both, explaining he’s brief on time. “[T]right here’s merely not ample time to finish the executive steps crucial in an effort to resolve the rule-making. On condition that actuality, I don’t consider it’s applicable to maneuver ahead,” he tells Protocol.

The rationale he’s brief on time is fairly easy: he’s stepping down on January twentieth, when Joe Biden turns into President of the USA.

However he may additionally be giving up as a result of the concept that the FCC had the facility to do such a factor was laughable. As Recode explains in depth, the FCC’s justification was successfully that it has the facility to make no matter guidelines it must make — which flies within the face of the logic Pai’s personal FCC used to kill internet neutrality. However that didn’t cease Pai from claiming the FCC did have the authority to do it, a political tactic that’s develop into so widespread within the Trump administration that my colleague Russell Brandom coined a phrase for it: “stunt legalism.”

By no means thoughts that Part 230 isn’t truly that obscure — although that admittedly didn’t hold 60 Minutes from falling on its face earlier this week. Right here’s our explainer.


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