President Trump will tap Republican Ajit Pai, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, to be the agency’s new chairman.
Two industry sources confirmed the move to The Hill on Friday.
Pai had been widely expected be picked to succeed Tom Wheeler, the Democrat who has been chair since 2013. Wheeler officially stepped down on Friday as the new administration took power.
One source said that Pai is expected to be named the permanent chair and both that an announcement could come as soon as Friday afternoon.
The move, first reported by Politico on Friday, is sure to please many conservatives, as well as those in the tech industry looking for hints as to the new administration’s direction on key policies.
A spokeswoman for Pai did not immediately respond when asked to comment.
Pai has been an outspoken critic of many of Wheeler’s signature projects, most notably the net neutrality rules. Pai and the other Republican on the commission, Michael O’Rielly, have said they intend to try to roll back the rules once the GOP takes control of the agency.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Harper Neidig