FOR RELEASE: December 1, 2020

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute

Arlington, Va., December 1, 2020 – Media Institute President Richard T. Kaplar issued the following statement in response to the announcement by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that he plans to depart the FCC on Jan. 20, 2021:

“FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will leave an impressive legacy that will have a positive effect on communications policy for years to come.

“Chairman Pai has championed efforts to modernize FCC regulations and drop outdated and unnecessary rules.  In addition, he has ushered in the new age of 5G telecom that will keep America in the forefront of global communications.

“Chairman Pai has always acted in the best interests of consumers through his support of  innovative technologies, a streamlined regulatory process, and the First Amendment.  His achievements will long be remembered.”

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