With respect to the regulation of telecommunications competition policy, 2017 is proving that elections have consequences. Confirmation of Ajit Pai as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has caused a heel turn on a number of initiatives of his predecessor, Chairman Tom Wheeler. To that end, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to eliminate the current internet conduct standard and seeking comment regarding whether the FCC should repeal the bright-line issues adopted in the Open Internet Order. The FCC has also taken steps to repeal restrictions on media ownership, while suggesting that further liberalisation is forthcoming. A less restrictive approach to regulation foretells a more prominent role for antitrust in competition law in this vital sector of the economy.