Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov Email Records Concerning Comments

Taylor Scott Amarel filed this request with the Federal Communications Commission of the United States of America.
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FCC-2018-000213

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From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

I would like to obtain all email records sent from Ajit Pai (Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov or other email addresses used by Ajit Pai) containing the non-case-sensitive key-string of "comments", from January 1, 2016 to Present Day.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Taylor Scott Amarel

From: Federal Communications Commission

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://foiaonline.regulations.gov:443/foia/action/public/view/request?objectId=090004d2817549f0)
* Tracking Number: FCC-2018-000213
* Requester Name: Taylor S. Amarel
* Date Submitted: 12/11/2017
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern: This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records: I would like to obtain all email records sent from Ajit Pai (Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov or other email addresses used by Ajit Pai) containing the non-case-sensitive key-string of "comments, from January 1, 2016 to Present Day. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not. Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Thank you for the response!

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

Hi, could you please explain why this request was closed without any subsequent communication?

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To whom this may concern,

Could you please provide an update to FCC-2018-000213 . For your reference, here is the history of this FOIA request. https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ajitpaifccgov-email-records-concerning-comments-46122/#follow-up

I've also attached it in PDF format.

  • Ajit.Pai40fcc.gov20Email20Records20Concerning20Comments20E280A220MuckRock.pdf

From: Federal Communications Commission

Mr. Amarel -

Attached is a decision addressing your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed in FOIA Control Numbers 2018-000210, -213, -214, and -215.

Stephanie Kost
FCC FOIA Public Liaison
Federal Communications Commission
Office of Managing Director
Performance Evaluation and Records Management
445 12th St., Washington, DC 20554
Telephone number: 202-418-1379

  • FOIA 2018-210, -213, -214, & -215 (Taylor Amarel) final 1 29 18

  • FOIA 2018-210, 213, -214, & 215 Release Documents Mark-Applied final 1 29 18

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To whom this may concern,

I would like to appeal the following redactions:

1.) The Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:08 PM email from Ajit Pai to Lori Alexiou, Matthew Berry, Nicholas Degani, and Jay Schwarz, titled "RE: Meeting Request -- WISPA". Based on the contents of the email, using the B(5) exemption is not applicable and instead appears to be a redaction made for the sole purpose of hiding Ajit Pai's comments - which may be considered controversial - but are critical to the public understanding of how the FCC operators. The use of the B(5) redaction runs contrary to the letter and intent of FOIA law as well as contrary to the DOJ guidance to reveal as much as possible in FOIA requests.

2.) The Tuesday, November 21, 2017 5:08 PM email from Lori Alexiou titled "FW: Meeting Request -- WISPA". Based on the contents of the email, using the B(5) exemption is not applicable and instead appears to be a redaction made for the sole purpose of hiding Lori Alexiou's comments - which may be considered controversial - but are critical to the public understanding of how the FCC operators. The use of the B(5) redaction runs contrary to the letter and intent of FOIA law as well as contrary to the DOJ guidance to reveal as much as possible in FOIA requests.

3.) The Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:39 AM email from Ajit Pai to Matthew Berry, Lori Alexiou, Nicholas Degani, and Rachel Bender titled "RE: Press Inquiries". Based on the contents of the email, using the B(5) exemption is not applicable and instead appears to be a redaction made for the sole purpose of hiding Ajit Pai's comments - which may be considered controversial - but are critical to the public understanding of how the FCC operators. The use of the B(5) redaction runs contrary to the letter and intent of FOIA law as well as contrary to the DOJ guidance to reveal as much as possible in FOIA requests.

If you are unable to release the records within these redactions, please provide me with a Vaughn Index describing generating the substance of the redactions and why they can not be disclosed.

Best,
Taylor Amarel

  • FOIA 2018-210, -213, -214, & -215 (Taylor Amarel) final 1 29 18

  • FOIA 2018-210, 213, -214, & 215 Release Documents Mark-Applied final 1 29 18

From: Federal Communications Commission

Mr. Amarel,

Attached please find a letter addressing your appeal of FOIA 2018-213 et al.

Ryan Yates
Attorney Advisor
Federal Communications Commission
Office of General Counsel
202-418-0886
ryan.yates@fcc.gov

From: Taylor Scott Amarel

To whom this may concern,

There must be a mistake, the documents released the the FCC decision was on July 2, 2018. Please see the attached document for your reference.

You may view the complete history of the request here: https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ajitpaifccgov-email-records-concerning-comments-46122/#appeal

From: Federal Communications Commission

Mr. Amarel,

Our communication of July 2 was just a courtesy copy of our original response. It was provided because you asked for an update on a request that our records reflected as closed. As shown in the attached e-mail, we originally sent the response on January 29, 2018. The January 29 delivery is similarly reflected at https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ajit-pai-net-net-neutrality-records-46121/. We also sent the same documents to you again on May 21, 2018, as shown in https://www.muckrock.com/foi/united-states-of-america-10/ajitpaifccgov-email-records-concerning-net-neutrality-46125/. While we provided these courtesy copies to help resolve your questions, per Commission rules, the time for filing an appeal runs from the date of the original agency determination, rather than the date of the courtesy copies. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Ryan Yates
Attorney Advisor
Federal Communications Commission
Office of General Counsel
202-418-0886
ryan.yates@fcc.gov

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