FCC's Pai Named New Permanent Chairman Of Agency

By Jenna Ebersole (January 20, 2017, 3:53 PM EST) -- Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai of the Federal Communications Commission has been named its new permanent chairman in a selection made official Monday, elevating an Open Internet Order critic and launching a new era in telecom policymaking.

Pai, who was raised in Kansas as the son of immigrants from India, first took his seat at the agency after Senate confirmation in May 2012. He has experience as the associate general counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., on staff at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, in the FCC's Office of General Counsel, and as a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, according to the...

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