FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been confirmed by the US Senate to another five-year term.
“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understands broadcasting’s unique role as an indispensable communications medium, and we appreciate his effort to ease outdated regulatory burdens on local radio and TV,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “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.”
The vote split mostly along party lines, with Republicans supporting Pai’s re-nomination and most Democrats in opposition.
Pai’s five-year term is retroactive to July 2016.