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. Today's renomination cements Pai's position at the helm of the FCC through the end of Trump's term as president. "I am deeply honored to have been nominated by President Trump to serve a second term on the Federal Communications Commission. If I am fortunate to be confirmed by the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to connect all Americans with digital opportunity, foster innovation, protect consumers, promote public safety, and make the FCC more open and transparent to the American people," said Pai in a statement. Since taking over, Pai has worked quickly to dismantle many of the regulations put in place by Wheeler. Notably, he reduced some transparency rules for small broadband providers, closed investigations into carriers' prioritization schemes, and set his sights on net neutrality. Pai is a Republican along with Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, while Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is a Democrat. The agency is short two Commissioners and Pai has yet to nominate anyone to fill the vacancies. Telecom industry companies such as AT&T were quick to congratulate Pai, who they see as an ally on the Commission.
Jan 23, 2017
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.
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.
Oct 3, 2017
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.
Jan 18, 2017
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
Jun 20, 2016
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
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