Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

An FCC Contender in Waiting?

Before the Senate voted to bring the Federal Communications Commission back to full strength, the White House informally discussed a potential slot on the commission with Senate Commerce Committee aide Crystal Tully.

CES 2019: Tech show isn’t immune from government shutdown

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is revving up in Las Vegas (NV), but even technology’s biggest trade event isn’t immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown.

Lawmakers in the New Congress Support an Open Internet

Initial Free Press research shows that of the nearly 100 new House members, 70 percent of first-term Democratic Reps have already publicly stated their support for real network neutrality.

Sens Ernst, Blackburn to join Judiciary Committee, marking first time GOP women will serve on panel

For the first time in the history of the Senate, Republican women are joining the Judiciary Committee. Sens Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) will be on the committee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) office announced.

Chairman Pai cancels trip to Consumer Electronics Show amid government shutdown

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appearances at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show as a consequence of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Senate Confirms New Director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier has been confirmed as the new director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

Senate Confirms Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr to FCC

The Senate has confirmed Commissioner Brendan Carr to a full, five-year term and has confirmed Geoffrey Starks to the open seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Both had already been approved by the Senate Commerce Committee -- Starks in

Sens Manchin, Sullivan lift hold on FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

Sen Joe Manchin (D-WV) lifted his hold on Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr after the agency promised to prioritize rolling out funding for wireless broadband in rural areas.

Chairman Pai Names Six Members to the USAC Board

Chairman Ajit Pai appointed six members to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC):

Rep Pallone (D-NJ) Elected Chairman of Energy and Commerce Committee

I thank my Democratic colleagues for their support in electing me Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.