Liberal protesters won't stop harassing President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, over his efforts to reverse net neutrality rules, which were approved during former President Barack Obama's administration.
According to the Wall Street Journal, activists with the liberal group Popular Resistance have begun showing up outside Pai's home in Arlington, Virginia. But they're not just standing in the street to let Pai know of their displeasure with the Trump administration's policies.
Protesters are going up to the windows of Pai's home, where he lives with his wife and two children, and taking photos of the home's interior.
“They were there yesterday. I understand they’ll be there today. They’ll be there tomorrow and the day after," Pai told the Wall Street Journal.
"It’s a hassle, especially for my wife and my two young children," the FCC chairman said.
Pai added that some of the protesters “come up to our front windows and take photographs of the inside of the house. My kids are 5 and 3."
"It’s not pleasant," Pai acknowledged.
In the FCC chairman's Arlington neighborhood, protesters have distributed flyers asking residents if they have seen Pai. The papers give Pai's age, height, and weight, and claim that he's “trying to destroy net neutrality.”
While some might call this harassment, the protesters outside Ajit Pai's home call it “Ajit-ation," according to the Journal.
FCC commissioners approved net neutrality rules in a straight party line vote in February 2015. The new rules were intended to ban broadband providers from blocking, throttling or prioritizing certain Internet pages over others, without imposing any new taxes or fees.
Three Democrats, including then-FCC chair Tom Wheeler, voted for the measure, while two Republicans voted against it.
Pai was one of the Republicans at the time who opposed the rules. At the time, Pai called the new measures a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet” and a “rapid departure” from market-oriented approaches.
Wheeler countered Pai's claims, saying that net neutrality rules would make America "more competitive." Wheeler said it would "assure the rights of Internet users to go where they want, when they want."
He also said it would secure the "rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.”