Remember when they repealed Net Neutrality and everyone died? The King of Stuff welcomes former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to chat about that 2017 hysteria and how the internet actually improved after he repealed Net Neutrality. His biggest critics warned that his action would silence online voices; today those same people are trying to silence whoever disagrees with them. Ajit served as Chairman of the FCC from 2017 to 2021 and served as an FCC commissioner since 2012.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Ajit goes with the old blues of Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Jon endorses Madison, WI, power-pop band Disq.

Today, we’re taking a deep dive into the biggest policy controversy in the tech community: the impending vote by the Federal Communications Commission to abandon the Obama-era effort to regulate the internet, known as “net neutrality.”

What is “net neutrality?” Why has this highly technical topic aroused the passions of so many people in Silicon Valley? And can we trust the biggest corporations in America to keep the internet open and free?