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Trump lines up conservative advisors for the FCC transition; Google recruits a ‘conservative’ outreacher

President-elect Donald Trump has announced a third advisor to oversee the Federal Communications Commission's transition from Democratic to Republican control, reports Ars Technica. Roslyn Layton, who has written recently for the IIC’s Intermedia journal, joins Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison on the FCC transition team. All three are outspoken opponents of the FCC's net neutrality rules. Layton has argued that government regulations aren’t necessary to protect net neutrality. “Regulation proponents argue that without such rules your internet provider would speed up or slow down websites. There have never been rules against this, but internet providers don’t do it anyway. Simply put, the business opportunity to deliver an open internet is far greater. Failing that, antitrust laws deter discriminatory behaviour, already ensuring net neutrality.” Meanwhile Google has posted a job for a manager of ‘conservative outreach’ on its policy team, reports Bloomberg. The company is searching for a Washington veteran to “tell Google’s story in an elevator or from a podium”," according to the description on Google's career website. “As a member of Google's public policy outreach team, you will act as Google’s liaison to conservative, libertarian and free market groups. You are part organiser, part advocate and part policy wonk as you understand the world of third-party non-governmental advocacy organisations.” Read Ars Technica and Bloomberg

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