The agency charged with advising the president on telecommunications issues finally has a new administrator.
The U.S. Senate this week confirmed David Redl as the Commerce Department’s assistant secretary for communications and information, in which capacity he will lead the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
President Trump nominated Redl to the post in May, but his confirmation was reportedly delayed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, over his concerns about the nonprofit group in charge of internet domain names.
Redl previously served as chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as director of regulatory affairs for CTIA. CTIA, along with fellow industry groups the Competitive Carriers Association and the Wi-Fi Alliance, hailed his confirmation to lead the agency.
“David has deep expertise in spectrum, broadband and wireless issues and is uniquely qualified for this important government office,” CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai added that Redl “will further NTIA’s missions of promoting broadband deployment and ensuring that the internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.”
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