Posts tagged with: Ajit Pai

Biden appoints Rosenworcel as acting chair of FCC

It wasn’t exactly a surprise, but now it’s official: President Joe Biden has designated FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the FCC.  The announcement was made on Thursday after many weeks of speculation that she would be named...

C-band’s first phase tops charts with $80.9B

Bidding in the clock phase of the FCC’s C-band auction closed on Friday as the highest-grossing spectrum auction ever held in the U.S., with gross proceeds exceeding $80.9 billion. The previous record was $44.9 billion from the AWS-3 auction in...

CCA is thrilled with Huawei rip & replace reimbursement prospect

The FCC, along with industry groups including the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) applauded Congressional action this week to fund broadband initiatives. Overall, a bipartisan coronavirus relief package and omnibus spending bill approved by lawmakers Monday allocates $7 billion for broadband...

Congress approves $7B for broadband in Covid relief package

Late Monday, Congress approved a coronavirus relief package that includes $7 billion for a flurry of broadband initiatives including broadband access for low-income households, funding the Huawei rip and replace reimbursement program, broadband coverage mapping, and more. The Coronavirus Response and...

Trump’s FCC nomination gets approved by Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 49-46 on Tuesday to confirm Nathan Simington to replace Michael O’Rielly on the FCC. Simington’s term is for five years. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and fellow Republican Brendan Carr immediately issued congratulatory statements, as did the...

Chairman Pai announces he will leave FCC on January 20

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he plans to leave the FCC on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021, allowing the Biden administration to appoint a Democratic majority. Pai’s term doesn’t end until 2022, but there’s a longstanding tradition that the chair...

ZTE petition denied, FCC affirms it poses security risk

The FCC on Tuesday affirmed a designation that deems ZTE a national security risk to telecom networks and supply chain, denying the Chinese vendor’s petition to reconsider. This means that ZTE can’t benefit from the FCC’s $8.3 billion annual Universal...

Dish-related DEs again denied $3.3B in bidding credits

The FCC on Monday announced it has once again determined that SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless are ineligible for about $3.3 billion in bidding credits sought during the AWS-3 auction. It wasn’t unexpected. Reports surfaced last week indicating the commission...

Trump’s FCC nominee grilled during Senate hearing

President Trump’s nominee to replace Commissioner Michael O’Rielly at the FCC, Nathan Simington, was the center of attention during a nominations hearing Tuesday. Simington, a former executive of Brightstar and senior adviser at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information...

Wi-Fi fetes victory in court’s 6 GHz ruling

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and a host of Wi-Fi stakeholders were jubilant Thursday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a request for a stay on the FCC’s decision to open up the 6 GHz band...