Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wrote an opinion piece, for the Los Angeles Times, extolling the virtues of Uber (the on-demand transportation service) and need for competition on the road. On Twitter, he went to add, “thank *you* for bringing more competition to the marketplace! Consumers are better (and more mobile) for it.”
That tweet really irked me because the FCC and Pai, have both been mum about the lack of competition in the telecom services space. And what really gets my goat is that while they have all the time to defend Uber, the FCC commissioners have nothing to say about this underhanded dirty tricks Verizon is pulling on the residents of Fire Island, NY who were battered by Hurricane Sandy. Verizon didn’t waste time to use the monumental tragedy to their advantage. They want to shut down the landlines and go all wireless so they can extort as much money as they can from the residents for their data connections.