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.
President Trump Picks Republican Ajit Pai to Chair FCC
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
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.
FCC Chairman May Diss Obama On Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told industry insiders that he'll likely take a different approach to net neutrality than the one proposed by President Obama, reports the Washington Post. Obama on Monday surprised the industry by weighing in on the net neutrality debate.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Resign In January
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.