January 24, 2017 ––The senior Republican on the FCC, Ajit Pai was named yesterday Chairman of the Commission by President Trump. He replaces Thomas Wheeler, who stepped down on Jan. 20.
The FCC, which consists of Chairman Pai, and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O’Reilly, is two short of its full complement of commissioners.
Jonathan Adelstein, president and CEO of WIA, congratulated Ajit Pai on his appointment as Chairman of the FCC.
“Chairman Pai is a strong champion of wireless broadband deployment,” Adelstein said in a prepared text. “As Commissioner, he advocated for pole attachment rule reform, improved siting on federal lands, ‘dig once’ policies, and tightened shot clocks that will help ensure high-speed broadband infrastructure gets deployed quickly and efficiently.”
Pai, who was named to the FCC by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2012, also served at the FCC as Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and Special Advisor to the General Counsel from 2007 to 2011. Additionally. he has served the government in a number of capacities with the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the U.S. Department of Justice.
He was also Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications from 2001 to 2003.
The son of Indian immigrants, Pai graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review.