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Thirteen members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce called out Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for his “evasive responses” and “outright refusal to respond” to their concerns about net neutrality and other topics.
The letter sent Tuesday asks that Pai respond to their questions by June 4.
“While we appreciate your continued willingness to testify before our Committee, we are concerned that you have been unable to give complete responses to verbal questions, questions for the record, or oversight letters from our members,” the letter reads. “We take our oversight responsibilities very seriously, and we expect witnesses before the Committee and recipients of our letters to treat their responses the dame way.”
The demand for answers includes letters they had sent to Pai in the past on topics including:
- Concerns with the FCC’s plan to rescind net neutrality rules
- Fake comments left during the FCC’s open comment period for the net neutrality repeal
- Russian state-sponsored news agency RT
- The size and influence of Sinclair Broadcast Group
- Chairman Michael O’Rielly endorsing Trump at CPAC
The House committee isn’t the only branch of Congress looking for answers from the FCC, which did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.
On Monday, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) sent a letter to Pai saying their identities were two of millions used in allegedly fraudulent posts on the FCC website ahead of the agency’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules last year. The letter included a demand for more details on the FCC’s investigation into the fake comments.
You can read all of the House committee’s letter here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).