More than half of Americans believe that a network effect exists between the Federal Communications Commission and the broadcast industry, according to a new poll.
The new poll, conducted by the advocacy group ProgressNow, finds that 56 percent of those polled believe that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has the power to regulate the broadcast sector.
That figure is higher than the previous poll in March, when 45 percent of respondents said Pai had the power, according a Public Policy Polling survey.
The poll also found that 61 percent of Americans don’t believe the FCC has the authority to regulate broadcast networks.
In March, 61 percent said the FCC had the authority, while 34 percent said they were unsure.
But in the latest poll, 51 percent said that FCC was the authority and 25 percent were unsure, while 29 percent said FCC wasn’t the authority.
In a statement to the Hill, the advocacy organization ProgressNow called the poll findings “shocking.”
The FCC has repeatedly tried to quash its plans to impose a network neutrality rule that would require broadcast networks to treat all content equally, a position that Pai has described as the only way to protect consumers and small businesses.
In his first months on the job, Pai has been critical of the FCC for not having the authority over the broadcast network sector.
He has also been critical in his public statements of the Federal Trade Commission.
The network effect poll comes on the heels of another poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center that found that the public still doesn’t know how many Americans think the FCC’s current network neutrality rules are working.