Wheeler Closer to Being Confirmed as FCC Chair
Updated: corrected reference to achieving full support from the Senate. This was a preliminary vote, not a final vote.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today approved the nomination of Tom Wheeler for Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Now that Wheeler has met the committee's approval as a nominee, he faces a vote from the full Senate. The Senate typically follows the recommendation of the committee. Wheeler was nominated by President Barack Obama earlier this year. Wheeler has already led the National Cable Television Association and the CTIA. Wheeler will succeed Julius Genachowski, who left the FCC in May, if confirmed by the full Senate. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has acted as FCC chairperson since Genachowski's departure.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
Senate Approves Trump's FCC Picks
The U.S. Senate today formally approved the nominations of Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission.
Senate Gives Ajit Pai 5 More Years at FCC's Helm
Ajit Pai will serve as the FCC's Chairman for another five-year term after the U.S. Senate voted to extend his leadership with the agency.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.