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Allegations of quid-pro-quo between Trump, FCC and Sinclair emerge

The FCC’s polarizing chairman, Ajit Pai, is in the midst of an extremely aggressive revamp of some of the core tenets of the FCC’s regulatory spirit, and in doing so Pai has garnered serious suspicion from members of Congress. Pai has pushed a handful of controversial agendas that will dramatically change the telecommunications landscape in the US. Those agendas range from loosening media ownership rules, killing Obama-era net neutrality protections, re-instating the UHF discount measure, and even downgrading the definition of “broadband” from 25 Mbps to 10 Mbps. But critics argue that some of Pai’s recent proposals will give one station group owner, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a significant advantage. From the outside, it appears that Pai’s FCC has been surprisingly…

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