FCC Chairman Confirmed by the Senate
The senate has approved Julius Genachowski, nominated by President Barack Obama, as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Along with Genachowski, the senate also confirmed Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell for a second term. The senate has yet to confirm Mignon Clyburn, from South Carolina, to fill one of the Democrat seats of the FCC. Genachowski will take over for acting Chairman Michael Copps, who has filled the seat since Kevin Martin's departure from the FCC in January.
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.
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
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.