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Venable partner Jamie Barnett was quoted in a February 8, 2017, Communications Daily article on recent shifts in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) cybersecurity policies under new Chairman Ajit Pai. Last week, the FCC rescinded two cybersecurity items including a white paper on communications sector cybersecurity regulation, a notice of inquiry on cybersecurity for 5G devices, and a recommendation to adopt the Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council’s (CSRIC) 2015 communications sector cybersecurity risk management recommendations.

Given Pai's "intensely deregulatory" vision, Barnett said the moves were not a surprise and that the FCC will "probably back off a lot of cybersecurity activity over the next few years." He added that the rollback would be more pronounced if the FCC moves to undo the reclassification of broadband as a Communications Act Title II service and the ISP privacy rules.