Pai Says He Plans to Leave FCC in January
Monday, November 30, 2020 | Comments

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he intends to leave the FCC on January 20, when President-Elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve at the Federal Communications Commission, including as chairman of the FCC over the past four years,” Pai said. “I am grateful to President Trump for giving me the opportunity to lead the agency in 2017, to President Obama for appointing me as a commissioner in 2012, and to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the Senate for twice confirming me. To be the first Asian-American to chair the FCC has been a particular privilege. As I often say: only in America.”

Some accomplishments Pai highlighted during his tenure included five spectrum auctions, opening up mid-band spectrum for unlicensed use, protecting communications networks from foreign threats and more.

“I also deeply appreciate the chance to have worked alongside the FCC’s talented staff,” Pai said. “They are the agency’s best assets, and they have performed heroically, especially during the pandemic. It’s also been a honor to work with my fellow commissioners to execute a strong and broad agenda. Together, we’ve delivered for the American people over the past four years: closing the digital divide; promoting innovation and competition, from 5G on the ground to broadband from space; protecting consumers and advancing public safety. And this FCC has not shied away from making tough choices. As a result, our nation’s communications networks are now faster, stronger and more widely deployed.”

Biden has not yet announced a new chair for the FCC. There have been reports that Jessica Rosenworcel, currently the longest tenured FCC commissioner, is a leading contender.

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