Senate Confirms FCC’s Pai To Second Term

Among those offering congratulations was NAB President Gordon Smith: “Chairman Pai understands broadcasting's unique role as an indispensable communications medium, and we appreciate his effort to ease outdated regulatory burdens on local radio and TV. We share his vision for a vibrant communications future.”

The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to confirm FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for a second term.

Pai commented: “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.  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.  With today’s vote, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance these critical priorities in the time to come.”

NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith said: “NAB congratulates FCC Chairman Pai on being confirmed to another five-year term at the commission. Chairman Pai understands broadcasting’s unique role as an indispensable communications medium, and we appreciate his effort to ease outdated regulatory burdens on local radio and TV. We share his vision for a vibrant communications future that allows local broadcast innovation and robust competition to largely unregulated broadband and pay programming providers.”

Patrick Butler, president-CEO of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), issued the following statement: “America’s Public Television Stations congratulate Chairman Pai on his reconfirmation by the Senate today to continue serving as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

“We look forward to working with the chairman to ensure a smooth post-auction channel repacking process, expeditiously approve the Next Generation broadcast standard, and reform the broadcast regulatory structure to reflect the realities of the 21st century.

“We are grateful for the chairman’s support for public television and our work in education, public safety and civic leadership, and we wish the now-complete Commission well in meeting the challenging agenda ahead.”

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American Cable Association President Matthew Polka said: “ACA congratulates FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on his Senate confirmation for a new five-year term. Since he took the reins of the FCC this past January, Chairman Pai has been implementing a forward-looking agenda by promoting investment in broadband networks, particularly in unserved areas, eliminating barriers that hinder private investment, and ensuring that public funds are distributed efficiently in areas that would most benefit. He also has focused on easing or eliminating outdated and unnecessary rules. This will enable small businesses throughout the country to spend time serving their customers instead of navigating the red tape of bureaucracy.”   Tim Winter, president of the Parents Television Council, said: “We offer hearty congratulations to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for being reconfirmed for another term at the FCC. Chairman Pai is himself a parent, and he understands first-hand the need to protect children from explicit, harmful and age-inappropriate content. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with him and his staff in recent years; and we look forward to continuing our constructive working relationship with him and the entire FCC under his leadership in the years ahead, especially to ensure that the broadcast indecency law is enforced and that the TV Content Ratings System is fully serving the needs of parents.”

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