[Ed. – “Coincidence,” says Obama’s FCC spokesman.]
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is now speaking out about how he and other commissioners were told to keep quiet about a massive fraud investigation involving the program until the day after a controversial vote to expand the program.
“On March 31st, the FCC — on a party line vote — voted to dramatically expand its program to cover Internet access in addition to phone service,” Pai told Fox Business’ Stuart Varney. “However, about a month before that we were told about a very serious investigation involving a wireless carrier that defrauded the American taxpayers of millions upon millions of dollars. We’re also told that the investigation — we learned about this fraud back in October of 2014, that the investigation had wrapped up pretty much in the middle of 2015, but that we were not going to be on to say anything about it until April 1st at the very earliest, conveniently, one day after we voted on that party line vote to expand the program. And that was wrong.”
FCC spokesman Will Wiquist said the timing was purely coincidental, however, and “was in no way related to the timing of the vote on the program modernization.”