It has been clear for months, however, that Pai does not intend to do the right thing where the internet — our internet — is concerned.

Just one day after Pai released that statement on transparency, he quickly repealed several orders and reports issued by the FCC as the Obama administration wound down. Pai’s reasoning was that these “midnight regulations” did not have the support of two of the four remaining commissioners and ran “contrary to the wishes expressed by the leadership of… congressional oversight committees.” If you think that rationale sounds a little thin, because it basically boils down to “we didn’t like it,” you’re not the only one. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn responded to Pai’s actions that same day by noting that it’s “a basic principle of administrative procedure” that actions should be explained. She also added that Pai was critical of the commission’s earlier left-leaning majority because for “not providing sufficient reasoning behind its decisions.”

The list of items yanked from the record ranged from a report on potential security concerns around 5G to a paper that addresses progress on reforming discounted internet access for schools. Seemingly important stuff, by the sound of things. Most notably, an investigation into “zero-rating” — a worrisome practice in which telecoms and ISPs don’t count certain services against data caps, giving them distinct advantages over their competitors — was shut down. These are meaty topics that would benefit from more insight, but the haste with which Pai dismissed these reports sure seems to…

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