On October 15, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pledged that the FCC would “go ahead with regulations” to clarify the “meaning” of Section 230, the all-important Internet law that protects the freedom of the Internet. ‘line expression.
Apparently Pai never made it – and less than three months later, he’s no longer considering explaining that he’s running out of time, either. ” [T]there is simply not enough time to complete the administrative steps necessary to resolve the rule making. Given that reality, I don’t think it’s appropriate to go forward, ”he said. Protocol.
The reason he’s running out of time is quite simple: he resigned on January 20, when Joe Biden became President of the United States.
But he could also give up because the idea that the FCC had the power to do such a thing was laughable. As Recoder explains in depth, the rationale for the FCC was in fact that it has the power to make the rules that it has to make – which goes against the logic used by Pai’s FCC to kill off the neutrality of the net. But that didn’t stop Pai from claiming the FCC had the power to do so, a political tactic that has become so common in the Trump administration that my colleague Russell Brandom made up a sentence for it: «Stunt legalism.»
Never mind, section 230 is not exactly difficult to understand – although it does 60 minutes to fall on his face earlier this week. Here is our explanation.