Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

Chairman Pai to speak at Koch-backed event

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is set to speak at an event in August put on by Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch.

Sen Cruz Delays Redl’s NTIA Confirmation Vote

Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) is slowing down the Senate Commerce Committee vote on National Telecommunications and Information Administration nominee David Redl, apparently because the senator is seeking assurances related to the Internet Assigned Numbers

President Trump plans to nominate Brendan Carr to fill final FCC seat and provide crucial vote to reverse net neutrality rules

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Brendan Carr, a former aide to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, to fill the final open seat at the agency and provide a crucial vote to reverse tough net neutrality rules.

FCC Chairman Pai Announces Appointment of New BDAC Member

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai appointed Andy Huckaba to serve on the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC).

FCC Chairman Pai Responds to Sen Barrasso on BDAC Nomination

Chairman Pai sent a letter to Sen John Barrasso (R- WY) on June 20, 2017, in response to his letter supporting the appointment of Neil Schlenker, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tri County Telephone Association, to serve on the Commission's

Chairman Pai Announces Wayne Leighton as Chief of FCC Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the agency has chosen Wayne Leighton as chief of the FCC’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, continuing the work he has been doing as acting chief.

DNC hires Raffi Krikorian, a former Uber exec, as their chief technology officer

As Democrats begin to rebuild in the wake of their 2016 presidential election defeat, the party’s official political organ is tapping Raffi Krikorian, a former top engineer at Uber’s self-driving-car program, to be its next chief technology office

Public Interest Tech Team at New America Welcomes First Class of Fellows

New America announces its first class of Public Interest Technology Fellows.

President Trump Taps Verizon’s Peter Davidson Department of Commerce General Counsel

President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Peter Davidson to be General Counsel of the Department of Commerce.

FCC Chairman Pai is getting too cozy with the White House, critics say

Much of the media coverage surrounding President Donald Trump's meetings with tech industry executives this week has focused on the companies in the room — Apple, Microsoft, Verizon and so on.