Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

Broadband advisor picked by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

This is crazy.. every day somebody in or around our executive branch is arrested for fraud.. and I'm over here applauding. The fuck happened to our government.

Every time I think about Pai or the nixing of net neutrality, I am increasingly convinced that what we should be pushing for is public broadband from coast to coast.

Smash privatization completely.

If only Ajit Pai could also be arrested.

Damn, read the last half first. . .

We were convinced less government was good. Hired people who want less government, so they decided to make it more inefficient. They proceeded to complain government was ineffective and even less government was neccessary. They then proceeded to give contract to their buddies since the private market is better than public market. Private companies overcharged while producing less than the government did. Argued it was bad because it was completely government controlled therefore government needed to be cut back. Then argued taxes need to be cut because private needs more profit to create jobs. Private proceed to use money to increase stock since their manager have stock incentives. Use advertisements and subtle manipulation to convince people to buy more. Use that to create a system in which people only care about material good while ignoring the rest of the issues that may affect them in the long run because 20 to 30 years seems way too distant in the future. Then use patriotism, or freedom as a virtue signaling if someone asks why?

Ajit Pai is a fucking piece of shit.

Let's meet in the middle and call for making the Internet a public utility with universal access - like the post office. Companies interested in offering more services (email, VPNs, spam filtering, DDoS prevention, etc) would be able to lease network capacity at the utility's cost, allowing for an ecosystem of competing ISPs.

But I'll take public-only Internet if that's the only choice.

Give it time

Let's not even think about the middle right now. Being so quick to "meet in the middle" is part of how we find ourselves here right now in so many things.

Public broadband from coast to coast should be all that we are pushing for right now and those in power should be made to feel as though we're serious in that demand and that nothing short of it will pacify us.

I did the same and it was a great second or two.

Reagan opened the door for reactionary propaganda and Rupert Murdoch used that and turned a significant chunk of america Fascist.

"30 seconds! But I'm hungry now!" - Homer Simpson, upon learning Moe's deep fryer could cook a buffalo in 30 seconds.

We already paid for national broadband, but the telecoms stole it.

speaking of shit

...,FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges

I jumped right to this part, bout shit my pants.

There's still mile after mile of dark fiber in the ground from this scam perpetrated on taxpayers.

I should have fiber to my house by now, I live in a decently large city. But why give consumers a better product for less when you can double dip by stealing tax money and buy politicians to enforce your monopoly on territory.

I swear, some telcos/ISP's are little different than the mafia.

Let’s pretend this was a scandal that took place in the Obama administration, and that it was the only one of its kind... the freakshows would be extrapolating 27 threads of conspiracy to destroy earth in the name of “Islamist Socialist Communist Nazi” Obama.

In Trump’s administration... it’s not even in the top 5 scandals of the day....

Ayup. It's time to create the Eisenhower Interstate System or Rural Electrification Project for broadband.

My heart skipped a beat because I did this. Almost died because of that fuck weasel.

It continues to astonish me that the GOP ran in 2016 on the platform that Hillary was the more corrupt choice, then proceeded to unleash pure and rampant corruption in Washington.

Republican voters are some of the most easily duped people I have ever seen or heard of.

You would think at some point they would say "Hey...wait a second"

But nope! They never do!

Yeah, that Teddy Roosevelt really rushed everything

I laugh when people tell me how corrupt mexicos government is. The US government is corrupt too, they're just really really good at it

No, I think the Koch Brothers, Rubert Murdoch, Roger Ailsworth, the Mercers, et Al, played a great game of Monopoly and bought the board.

No one is genuinely against their neighbor having food on their table or being able to see the doctor when they are sick, but they've been told that the food on their neighbor's table was taken from their own.

We won't fight the rich if we are constantly fighting amongst ourselves.

The exact opposite, actually. Progressives were too afraid to actually fight against reactionary propaganda, and they got eaten alive. Now, the middle is way to the right, and the right wants to move it even further.

The best people.

That's how I read it the first time. Recorking a bottle of champagne is tougher than you'd think.

We pushed too hard on progressive ideals, too fast before Middle American culture was ready for it. Coupled with a crippling recession if the rust belt, a populist demagogue was able to hit a Hail Mary presidential run, with the help of a foreign information warfare campaign, against an established but generally unappealing opponent.

Yeah! I originally read it as "Broadband advisor FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges" and my mouth dropped! Dang it.

Republicans are willing to lie about science (e.g., climate change), taxes (e.g., trickle down economics), and pretty much everything else. Makes sense that they would be comfortable with fraud — it’s the basis for their platform.

Yay. Draining the swamp!

It. Gets. Dumber. Every. Day.

We knew the reference at the 'B', this is Reddit after all.

We tried the 'meet in the middle' by funding AT&T and Verizon to lay lines at government cost. Guess how that turned out. Both parties were involved in selling that off to those companies.

Yeah, no. That was Obama's great mistake.

Give them the middle and they take the whole road.

I think it's time to stop being gracious and inclusive with those that do not seek to be the same to us.

Here's hoping if liberals ever get to power again, they fight hard this time and stop bending over.

...So how many people got way too excited and misread it that Ajit Pai got arrested himself, and are now disappointed?

Its not an A or B scenario. Progressives werent militant enough in pushing change and defending their ideology, but at the same time the ideas that were proposed were often a little too far from status quo to garner mainstream support.

American culture isnt progressive/leftist, you have to change the cultural ideology before you can truly force a political one without significant backlash.

It helps when the media sides with the money

You're mostly right, except I don't think any of this is a reaction to progressive ideals. Like any country, USA is having trouble adapting to changing times and changing industries. And many long for a bygone era when things were simpler and the majority could prosper at the cost of the minority.

And that's the exact reason for everything - rise of Nazism, rise of white supremacists, anti-women, anti-science, anti-secularism, anti-immigrants.

Universal Health Care Universal Internet Universal Income

Be the nation of the 22nd century

“As it turned out, those sales agreements were worthless because the customers had not signed them,” US attorney Geoffrey Berman said in prepared remarks, as reported by the WSJ. “Instead, as alleged, Pierce had forged counter-party signatures on contract after contract. As a result of Pierce’s deception, the investment companies were left with a system that is worth far less than Pierce had led them to believe.” Pierce was trying to raise money to help build out a fiber optic system that would wire Alaska with high-speed internet and better help connect it to networks in other US states. Pierce was charged with wire fraud last Thursday and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Pierce was tapped by Pai in April of last year to be the chair of the BDAC, which he formed “to accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet access, or broadband, by reducing and removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment.” According to broadband industry news and advocacy website Stop the Cap, Pierce may have gotten on Pai’s radar by complaining about how cumbersome it was to bring internet access to parts of the country like Alaska.

In a statement issued last week, Quintillion says it began cooperating with the Department of Justice as soon as allegations against Pierce surfaced last year. “Quintillion became aware of the situation regarding the alleged actions of Ms. Pierce last year, took swift action and self-reported to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Quintillion has been cooperating fully with the authorities during this ongoing investigation,” reads the company’s press release on the charges. The company goes on to say that “the ongoing investigation has not impacted Quintillion’s operations nor the quality of its services,” and that it “continues to move aggressively to extend its network and provide world-class telecommunications to Alaska and beyond.”

Clearly Hillary, Soros and the rest of the deep state framed this person. This is really a scandal for the Democrats, tune into Hannity to find out how.

I mean it is though, it just sounds crazy when you say it because people haven't really heard the idea until recently. People thought that a computer in every home (let along in every pocket) was crazy not more than a few decades ago. Humanities knowledge, access to financial tools, basically all communication and uncensored access to news are pretty key these days.

Like any country, USA is having trouble adapting to changing times and changing industries.

And I think you could argue that issue largely stems from us not being progressive enough.

We should have been pushing harder for these progressive ideals, that is how we make progress happen.

People are too complacent now. Or really have been too complacent for awhile now which is very dangerous.

We should absolutely not think about the middle, are you insane? This enablism rhetoric led to the place we are now.

Yet Trump's approval rating is still at 40% and has actually had a slight uptick lately. What the fuck is wrong with these people.

The reason they say that is because it is almost impossible to do ANYTHING with internet now days. You can't apply for a job without it, it's hard to pay bills without it, whenever someone wants something from you, even those in the government, they want you to email it to them. Heck you should have seen how hard it was for the years we didn't have a scanner / printer. Everyone just assumes you have one, and then they go " well I don't know what to tell you scan it and email it to me after you print out this form ".

That's why.

This is a good response. I will think about it for a while. Thanks.

Both Sides Are The Same™. They aren't.

But abortion!

I live in uptown Covington, KY. Google maps it if you want, it's closer to downtown Cincinnati than uptown Cincinnati.

I just spoke to Cincy Bell last week about my internet. Still don't have the ability to give my building greater than 1mbps up speeds.

3 months ago? "Oh yeah we should have it hooked up in about 90 days."

I walk my dog a lot, and there have been Cincy Bell vans around the city.

But last week on the phone, "Oh I don't know who told you 90 days, but it's looking like around 6 months to get fiber finished up."

It was genuinely a scam. The Telecoms stole all that money for infrastructure.

I skimmed the headline initially and saw "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai arrested on fraud charges" and was so excited.

I almost came when I read that headline

Same. For a brief second... Things were okay.

So that means it’s time to impeach Hillary!

Heh, I think we all did.

I’m a little worried that tomorrow Trump could just take off his human mask and reveal a lizard face and that I would just accept it. “Well, of course he’s one of the Lizard people Alex Jones has been talking about. Of course, he is.” and I would still just go to work and go about my day.

Everyone relax, your shows aren’t your identity lol.

arrested last week on claims she tricked investors into pouring money into a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme

Jesus christ, alt-right, if you wanted to elect Bernie Madoff you could have just done so and spared us all the oversize coffee cups and twitter rants.

China is kicking our ass on 5G development, I notice.

It’s almost like they have a national strategy beyond “profits right now for all my friends”.

It was genuinely a scam. The Telecoms stole all that money for infrastructure.

Yes. Yes they did. Meanwhile many of us have to deal with janky ADSL that will be 10-20 Mbps if the wind isn't blowing for exorbitant amounts of money - and they act like they're doing you a favor by taking your money.

THIS is the shit the FCC needs to fix.

Right? Honestly I'm getting to the point that before I open reddit, I wonder what could possibly be waiting on the front page this time.

yep, progressives are the only ones who would alleviate midwestern poverty, and midwesterners voted trump because they are poor and mad about it

Ajit Pai is the living embodiement of how rich conservative guys can be out of touch and smarmy with their humor.....remember when he did that cringy Harlem Shake in a Santa costume before Christmas after net neutrality was dismantled?

You no longer have to cover up your nerdish leanings.

Relevant username, love it.

Same. Very disappointed.

:) Truly Reddit is where I belong. So few people get my references.

Cherry on top is that it's all about bringing fiber to fucking Alaska.

Well, the UN calls broadband a "basic human right". That seems a little over the top, but I pretty much agree.


Deep down you know that Kansas and Oklahoma will throw up toll roads to spite us all.

Privatization and corporate greed are responsible for 95% of the social and economic problems in the US.

See also: healthcare.

You may believe that but the regime currently ruling your country does not.

It is important to note that Internet access is not a necessity in the day-to-day lives of Americans and doesn’t even come close to the threshold to be considered a basic human right... People do a disservice by overstating its relevancy or stature in people’s lives. People can and do live without Internet access, and many lead very successful lives.

That's FFC board member Michael O'Reilly in 2015.

The entire Trump administration is a criminal organization

He stuck in his thumb...

Pulled out a Bum,

...and said "I'm FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai...!"

Uggh. I straight up gasped with pre-fulfillment joy.

stole the money... failed to delivery the promised product... meh.. splitting hairs.’s Planck. God dammit Morty.

Eh, the free flow of information is a basic human right. Since the internet is the ultimate enabler of the free flow of information, (minus a few major exceptions cough cough China) it stands that it is necessary for a free and knowledgeable society.

Except don't do it like we did... Policy and petty two-party politics got in the way, and we went two steps forward, one back, and spent too much money for shoes with holes that don't fit, while our "buddies" at the shoe shop could restrict our footwear for profit.

Let’s hope the Cohen’s 4th client is asshole Pai

I read the last half first. Sigh.

Jesus H. on a crutch, is there ANYONE in this administration that isn't a complete POS? We all knew that Ajit was a complete ass. But the ass is hiring asses. Where does it stop. Is it assholes all the way down? WTF, when they (the administration) vets a candidate for some position and the check comes back clean, do they throw the person out on their ear? Please appoint ONE decent human being and not fire or threaten to fire that person.

Cohens 4th client confirmed

This is how it's done (sort of, anyways) in Australia. The NBN (National Broadband Network) is the name of the system they're currently developing: fiber Internet, the infrastructure of which and funding for it all provided by the government, though the actual delivery of the service still being provided by private ISPs. It's living proof that governments can provide Internet access as a public service effectively.

But I'm secretly a genius and understand rick and morty at a molecular level!


To me, Venezuela seems to be giving the best effort at winning the "most corrupted government in the Americas" award.

I say this all the time to my wife and she thinks im hilarious.

Ajit Pai delenda est

Can the Simpsons predict he goes to jail some time in 2019 so it comes true, please?

It wouldn't surprise me if he was full blown Argonian with "draining the swamp" being one of his key campaign platforms.

Ajit Pai is a shit pie.


It's in her deleted emails! BENGHAZI!!!

Ashit Pai

Man, that mailing list could be a gold mine!

I wonder if we're seeing some new brand of click bait. Yesterday it was:

Michael Cohen Made Threats To Kill Off Donald Trump Jr.

Holy fucking shit, what did I just read?

... Affair Story And Succeeded, Report Says

Oh, ok. That's reasonable.

Shocked, I tell you! Absolutely shocked! /s

Is it assholes all the way down?

An Anusception, or, if you will, a Sphinctesseract.