Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Trump and FCC's Pai lunched after net neutrality decision

Photo of President Trump shaking hands with FCC chairman Ajit Pai
President Trump with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in April. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images


President Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had lunch at the White House the day the FCC won a major legal battle over its repeal of net neutrality regulations, according to two people familiar with the gathering.

Why it matters: Interactions between FCC leaders and the White House have drawn intense scrutiny because the FCC is an independent agency. Both people described the gathering as a "family" event.

Where the net neutrality fight goes next

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Court rulings often bring clarity to thorny policy issues — but a mixed decision yesterday on the FCC’s handling of net neutrality rules only deepens a bitter internet policy debate that’s been raging in Washington for over a decade.

Why it matters: While the ruling allowed both sides to claim some level of victory, it also opens up 50 potential new fights over state rules.