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FCC’s Ajit Pai knocks Internet order privacy guidance

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai (R)

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said he has no idea what the agency’s new privacy guidance under the open Internet order means.

Pai, the GOP commissioner who has been an outspoken critic of the Federal Communications Commission’s order to reclassify Internet services, lashed out at the vagueness of the privacy guidance in a speech Wednesday before the International Institute of Communications Telecommunications and Media Forum in Miami.

The FCC’s privacy guidance, issued last week, advised broadband providers to take “reasonable, good-faith steps” to comply with the law and employ “effective privacy protections in line with their privacy policies and core tenets of basic privacy protections.”

“What does this mean? What exactly do broadband providers have to do to comply with the law? I am an FCC commissioner and a lawyer, and I have no idea. Your guess is as good as mine. This ‘guidance’ casts far more shade than sunlight,” Pai said.

Without hard details, Pai warned it would create investment uncertainty in the markets.