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Senate reconfirms Ajit Pai as FCC Chairman

2017-10-03 14:13 by


The Senate voted today to keep the FCC chairman Ajit Pai on his position for the next four years. Pai was approved with support from 48 Republicans and four Democrats: Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Gary Peters (Mich.) and Jon Tester (Mont.).

"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," Pai said in a statement.

"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."

President Trump named Pai as chairman of the FCC in January, and renominated him to a new five-year term in March. Pai has spearheaded deregulation efforts in the telecom industry since taking over. Most significantly, he has moved to roll back net neutrality rules, a plan widely criticized by consumer advocacy organizations.

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