Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was confirmed by the Senate today to serve a second term as head of the Commission by a vote of 52-41.

In a statement, Pai said, “I am deeply grateful to the U.S. Senate for confirming my nomination to serve a second term at the FCC and to President Trump for submitting that nomination to the Senate. Since January, the Commission has focused on bridging the digital divide, promoting innovation, protecting consumers and public safety, and making the FCC more open and transparent. With today’s vote, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance these critical priorities in the time to come.”

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said, “I am exceptionally pleased that Chairman Pai has been approved for a new Commission term by the U.S. Senate. To date, his leadership as
Chairman has brought greater openness and thoughtfulness to our proceedings. In the months and years ahead, I look forward to continuing our work to advance a pro-growth, less regulatory communications environment that best serves the consumer.”

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr stated, “I congratulate Chairman Pai on his confirmation to serve another term at the FCC. His focus on bridging the digital divide, promoting openness and transparency at the agency, and modernizing the FCC’s rules are already paying dividends for consumers and entrepreneurs alike. I look forward to continuing to work with him and my fellow Commissioners on policies that will create jobs, promote investment, and grow the economy for the benefit of all Americans.”

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith also released a statement, saying, “NAB congratulates FCC Chairman Pai on being confirmed to another five-year term at the Commission. Chairman Pai understands broadcasting’s unique role as an indispensable communications medium, and we appreciate his effort to ease outdated regulatory burdens on local radio and TV. We share his vision for a vibrant communications future that allows local broadcast innovation and robust competition to largely unregulated broadband and pay programming providers.”