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Posted byu/[deleted]4 months ago

FCC cancels Starlink’s $886 million grant from Ajit Pai’s mismanaged auction

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Ajit Pai was a corporate shill. Everything he has touched is a disaster.

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· 4 mo. ago

It’s crazy how we all watched him fuck us, publicly, like a slow motion car wreck we were helpless to stop.

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· 4 mo. ago

Can’t disagree.

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I once met an FCC commissioner that worked with him and considered him a friend.

I asked the commissioner why Pai and the FCC weren’t doing more to help regular people out. His response was something like, “do we want mediocre internet service in every location, or world class internet service where it’s needed the most?”

I don’t agree with that framing at all, and I let him know that. But I also know there’s a lot of complexity there. It just made me appreciate that THE FCC are just made up of everyday people who sometimes also have shit takes.

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I mean who would have thought a Verizon corporate lawyer would try to hand everything over to ATT/Verizon/XFinity/Starlink and fuck the consumer?!

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I tweeted him something like “I know your not in the spotlight any more, but I want you to know, you’re a worthless piece of shit” and he blocked me. It made me so happy to know that it was probably him that read that and then blocked me. At least I hope it was

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Guys like him are why we have nutters spewing nonsense from news outlets that have way too much market share. It’s a miracle that star link hasn’t been able to join that biting pile of garbage.

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His wallet was just fine

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It's amazing even after their "public forum" garbage was proven to be fully manufactured they still managed to kill net neutrality and see absolutely zero repercussions.

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· 4 mo. ago

[Ajit Pai was ]Straight from Verizon. Funny how 5G got passed also during his administration. Ajit was Verizon’s lawyer before this.

People lost their fucking minds in the EU attacking radio towers because the same spectrum of light that’s used for microwaves is also used in 5G. I don’t necessarily think we’re being microwaved but if we all receive cancer at an astronomical rate in 30 years time I would be less surprised than most.

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It's fine. Elon hates government subsidies.

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Underrated comment

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· 4 mo. ago · edited 4 mo. ago
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"Mismanaged auction" I assume is some old-school terminology for "the laws don't apply evenly".

This fucker was a straight criminal

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Don't think this is a win just because of the bad vibes you may feel about Ajit Pai / Elon Musk. Starlink is undoubtedly the best way forward for most of these rural communities. Any money spent will now go to Comcast / Charter / AT&T. They will take your tax dollars, begin to lay fiber, run out of free money, decide that these towns are too sparse to turn a profit, and then walk away. Rural areas are the perfect application for low Earth orbit satellite internet because the maintenance costs are evenly divided across all customers.

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Sent to destroy and make America worse

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Love it. F— Ajit Pai.

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You can say "fuck" on the internet.

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I'm posting this from Starlink and while I'm very grateful for the service, it has gotten slower and less reliable in the US these last few months. I've been disappointed that they chose to oversell their capacity and I'm kind of gobsmacked that it's resulting in them losing a very generous government subsidy.

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Would you mind sharing more details about how it was, and how it is now?

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