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Protecting the public interest, not the special interest, at the FCC

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, along with Commissioners Mike O’Rielly and Mignon Clyburn, will testify at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. It would seem that so-called public interest advocates would support such congressional oversight, as it ensures that regulators do their jobs and is indicative of the checks and balances provided by the Constitution. But sadly, it appears some oppose it. Indeed, advocates criticized Congress for its hearing of then-Chairman Tom Wheeler and FCC commissioners. That the FCC testifies before the Senate is not unreasonable and seems to be the bare minimum of oversight.