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New FCC boss doesn't look great for consumers: 'Seems like prices go up every time you deregulate'

New FCC boss doesn't look great for consumers: 'Seems like prices go up every time you deregulate'

Park La Brea resident Lydia Plona’s pay-TV bill has soared by 60% since Charter Communications took over Time Warner Cable, and she figures there’s little she can do to keep it from climbing even more.

President Trump’s pick to run the Federal Communications Commission makes that prospect even more likely.

Trump named Ajit Pai on Monday to take over as FCC chairman. Pai, a Republican, has served on the five-member commission since 2012, and no one questions his smarts or his grasp of complex telecom issues. Unlike some other Trump appointees, this one knows his stuff.

That said, Pai has a solid track record of favoring deregulation of phone, cable and broadband...

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