Protesters in favor of net neutrality swarmed FCC Chairman Ajit Paiâ€™s home last week, after reportedly being set off by a segment on John Oliverâ€™s late-night show. The newly appointed chief shook off criticism with a video, reading off angry tweets -- some of which were highly offensive. He joined the FOX Business Networkâ€™s Varney & Co. to discuss.
â€œIt has been pretty vitriolic and those were some of the more PG-13 rated tweets that were found, but I understand that people are passionate about this issue. My goal has simply been to focus on the facts and the law and try to have as civil a discussion as possible and perhaps inject a little bit of humor in there and so thatâ€™s why I put out the mean tweets video and Iâ€™ve got to say it was a little bit of fun doing it,â€ he said.
The chairman outlined a plan, in April, to loosen the governmentâ€™s oversight of high-speed internet providers implemented during the Obama Administration. In his opinion, these rules are out of date and harmful to business.
â€œThe basic message Iâ€™ve said is, look, the more heavily you regulate something, the less likely you are to get that something. And so in this case, we want to return to the light-touch Clinton-era regulations that produced the internet economy thatâ€™s the envy of the world and thatâ€™s not a radical step in my view at least,â€ he said.
Despite pushback, Pai remains confident about winning Americans over.
â€œI go back to the speech that President Obama gave in Tucson a few years ago where he talked about civility and the basic point he made. There is the point that I think remains relevant today that people can disagree on public policy issues without being disagreeable, certainly violent. Thatâ€™s the spirit with which Iâ€™ve embraced public service throughout my career and thatâ€™s something I hope the American people will embrace as well,â€ he said.