President Donald Trump has officially elevated Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai to lead the agency as FCC Chairman. In response, Digital Liberty's Executive Director, Katie McAuliffe, issued the following statement:
“With an extensive background in telecommunications and notable proponent of high tech innovation, FCC Chairman Pai is the right person for the job.
"Over the last few years, under the tumultuous and divisive reign of former Chairman Tom Wheeler, then Commissioner Pai, articulately and firmly vocalized his strong support of the First Amendment, fiscal responsibility and innovation that arises from free market competition.
"He has consistently denounced threats to digital liberties including net neutrality, as well as opposing preemptive regulations and anti-competitive measures.
"Even in the melee, when his attempts were thwarted or flatly ignored by former Chairman Tom Wheeler, Chairman Pai did not turn his back or compromise.
"I hope to see him roll back the Commission's previous excesses, and restore the the FCC to its traditional collegial bipartisan process.
"The appointment of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a welcome move by President Trump.”