U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has chosen Jeffrey Eisenach, a visiting scholar at conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute, to advise him on tech and telecom issues, Politico reported Oct. 7.
Eisenach is known for his staunch opposition to the FCC's Open Internet order, which reclassified broadband providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Eisenach said he would have preferred that the FCC adopt a policy where the commission would only step in when there was evidence of anti-competitive practices or actual consumer harm.
Eisenach has also argued against certain provisions in the net neutrality rules adopted as part of the Open Internet order. The order established bright line rules against blocking, throttling and so-called "fast lanes" or paid prioritization, where broadband providers might favor some internet traffic over other traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind. Eisenach has argued that fear over fast lanes was overblown, saying the notion that paid prioritization would make it impossible for startups to compete was a "completely irrational, economically unjustifiable thesis."
Trump, too, has spoken out against the Open Internet order. In 2014, he described net neutrality as "Obama's attack on the internet" and compared it to the Fairness Doctrine, a former FCC policy that required broadcasters to give equal air time to opposing views on controversial issues.
Sources who attended a briefing with Trump’s senior transition advisers told Politico the Trump team does not plan to release a full tech platform. Rather, groups attending the briefing — including representatives from Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc., Google Inc., Lyft, Uber, the Internet Association, the Information Technology Industry Council and BSA | The Software Alliance — were encouraged to submit recommendations for potential federal agency appointments and regulations they would like to see abolished.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, reportedly has a team of more than 100 tech and telecom experts working with her campaign. Her advisers are broken into roughly half a dozen working groups focused on different issues, such as wireless technologies, broadband deployment, market disruption and improving government function.