Ajit Pai had long been in the American political system before Donald Trump’s administration came on board. He is one of the few that worked in Democratic and Republican administration having served during Barrack Obama’s time in the White House and now in Donald Trump’s.
He became even more famous when Donald Trump appointed him as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in addition to his policy change campaign involving the implementation of Net Neutrality, protecting consumer privacy and hindering big cable mergers which has made him the center of a lot of attention from both supporters and a growing number of haters.
Pai had served as a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission for 5 years before his promotion in 2017. He was first brought in by President Obama even though he had never been an Obama supporter. He has the policy – that allows for the ruling party to allot two commissioner positions to the opposition party – to thank for the opportunity.
Who is Ajit Pai?
He was born as Ajit Varadaraj Pai and he is an Indian American. Ajit Pai was born on January 10, 1973, at Buffalo, New York though he was brought up in Parsons, Kansas. His home country is India and his parents are Konkani. He is American by birth while his parents are immigrants to America who relocated to the US in 1971 – two years before Pai’s birth. He was raised in a typical American setting as his parents were elites. His father, Varadaraj Pai was a urologist while his mother was an anesthesiologist and both practiced their profession in the US.
Ajit Pai schooled Parsons Senior High School and finished in 1990. He went on to study Social Studies at Harvard University and during his stay at Harvard, he joined the Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Society and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994. He furthered his study at the University of Chicago Law School, where he awarded with the Thomas J. Mulroy Prize. He rounded off his studies in 1997 with a Doctor of Jurisprudent degree.
Ajit Pai is a lawyer by profession and has worked in different capacities in the FCC and was made its chairman as the Trump’s administration came on board. Records have it that no Indian American has occupied such a crucial position since inception. After his graduation from the University of Chicago Law School in 1998, he relocated to Washington D.C. where he took the role of a clerk, serving Martin Leach-Cross Feldman who was presiding over U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He also took up a program with the United States Department of Justice’s Anti-trust Division where he was a trial attorney on the telecom task force. While in the program, he gathered experience in mergers and acquisitions.
Pai took up a job with Verizon Communications Inc. in February 2001 as Associate General Counsel. His job role exposed him to managing issues with regards to competition, regulations and broadband initiatives. Two years down the line, he was picked up by United States Senate Judiciary to serve as its Deputy Chief Counsel causing him to resign from Verizon Communications Inc. In 2004, Ajit Pai moved to the Department of Justice to become the senior counsel and the next year, he was promoted to chief counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Property Rights.
Next for Ajit Pai was the FCC and he was privileged to serve at different levels in the commission from 2007 to 2011. The most notable role he took during this period was the role of Deputy General Counsel. This role involved overseeing so many lawyers and other regulatory related issues that concerned telecommunication.
Who Appointed Ajit Pai As FCC Chairman?
Ajit Pai gathered more experience in the area of communications when he went back to work in a private firm called Jenner and Block in 2011 where he was an associate with their communications practice. Later on that year, he was selected to assume a role in the Federal Communications Commission, he received this position on recommendation from U.S Senator Mitch McConnell. The U.S senate accepted his candidacy and swore him in on May 14, 2012, for a 4-year tenure which was to expire on June 30, 2016.
Donald Trump reappointed Ajit Pai upon his election as president. He announced this in March 2017, but Pai’s official swearing-in happened in October 2017, Thus, Ajit Pai became the Chairman of the FCC for a 5-year term.
What Does Ajit Pai Do?
As chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai has focused on five major goals. First, to bridge the digital divide which involves bringing 4G Lite to millions of Americans. Second, to promote innovation and investment which involved putting up policies that will encourage next-generation wireless services by creating opportunities for them. Again, Pai hopes to protect consumers through proper management of robocalls. This also involves enhancing public safety which includes the restoration of communication networks, direct dialing of 911 and more. His fourth goal is transparency and process reforms while lastly, he aims to cut out and modernize outdated regulations.