Chairman Pai Announces Departure

On November 30, 2020, Chairman Pai released a statement announcing that he would be departing the FCC on January 20, 2021.  In the brief statement, Chairman Pai thanked President Trump, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the entire Senate for granting him the opportunity to serve as a commissioner on the FCC and as the first Asian-American chairman.  He also thanked FCC staff and highlighted several policies and projects that he was proud to spearhead including: closing the digital divide, promoting innovation and competition through various programs including 5G deployment and broadband from space, commencing five spectrum auctions and two rural broadband reverse auctions over the past four years, designating 988 as the three digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and increasing transparency and accountability of the FCC to the American people in particular by releasing drafts of items slated for Open Commission Meetings three weeks prior to the meeting, among many other achievements.  Chairman Pai concluded the statement by thanking his family for their support.

 

Commissioner Rosenworcel and Commissioner O’Rielly also released statements thanking Chairman Pai for his service to the FCC and wishing him well in his future endeavors.

 

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