Journalism professor: Anti-net neutrality FCC chairman Ajit Pai "wants to enable the oligopoly of cable and the telephone to control the net"
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From the December 13 edition of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle:
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STEPHANIE RUHLE (HOST): I want to bring in one of my faves, Jeff Jarvis, associate professor and director of interactive program at CUNY School of Journalism. Jeff, I want to play for you what the FCC chairman said this week when asked specifically if a handful of companies are going to be able to control content on the internet. Listen.
AJIT PAI: No. I think what net neutrality repeal would actually mean is that we once again have a free and open internet. The government will not be regulating how internet service providers, how anyone else in the internet economy, manages their networks.
RUHLE: Do you think the repeal is going to mean that?
JEFF JARVIS: No. And there's no ideological consistency even with these folks. On the one hand, Ajit Pai is saying let's tear down net neutrality and let the phone companies and cable companies control the internet and do whatever the heck they want. Then he went to Tucker Carlson only 24 hours ago and said, well, Facebook and Google shouldn't be able to control conservative content. So he wants to control them and restrict them because they're liberal companies, and he wants to enable the oligopoly of cable and the telephone to control the net.