Trump to Nominate Geoffrey Starks to Fill FCC Commissioner Role
President Trump is prepared to nominate Geoffrey Starks to fill the FCC seat vacated by Mignon Clyburn last month. Starks already works at the FCC in the Commission's enforcement bureau. "I congratulate Geoffrey Starks on his forthcoming nomination to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "He has a distinguished record of public service, including in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, and I wish him all the best during the confirmation process." Starks joins Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as the second Democrat on the FCC. Chairman Pai and Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Rielly serve as Republicans. The nomination isn't yet official, and it's unclear exactly when Starks will begin his new role.
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
Sep 25, 2019
The FCC this week launched an investigation into allegations that Sprint collected federal subsidy payments for 885,000 subscribers that were not actively using Sprint service, violating a key rule of the Lifeline program for low-income consumers. If true, this would amount to Sprint collecting over $8 million/month of taxpayer money that it was not entitled to.
Oct 16, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lowered the boom on the nation's wireless network operators and their collective lack of progress in bringing wireless service back to the areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. "Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael, the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable," said Pai in a statement.
Nov 5, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sent letters to more than a dozen telephone service providers today asking them for a status update on their efforts to curb robocalls. He demanded these companies deploy a system that authenticates the identity of callers as those calls transit the networks with the goal of identifying and squashing spoofed numbers and spam.