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. "I look forward to working with the new Administration, my colleagues at the Commission, members of Congress, and the American public to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans." Pai served as one of two Republican Commissioners under former Chairman Tom Wheeler. With Trump, a Republican, holding the presidency, the balance of power will shift in the FCC from three Democrats and two Republicans to two Democrats and three Republicans with Pai at the helm. Pai was a vocal opponent of many of Wheeler's policies, including net neutrality. Pai has promised to undo much of the work Wheeler did to put today's net neutrality regulations in place. Remaining Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Mignon Clyburn offered their congratulations. Replacements for former Chairman Tom Wheeler and outgoing Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have yet to be named.
Dec 15, 2016
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.
Mar 7, 2017
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.
Jun 29, 2017
President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr to fill the fifth and final Commissioner role at the FCC. Brendan Carr, a Republican, joins Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and Chairman Ajit Pai, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority over Democrat Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.
Feb 8, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today put another change into place that will impact how the agency enforces regulations. The FCC uses what it calls consent decrees to settle investigations against companies and/or bad actors.