Pai Named FCC Chairman

Commissioner Ajit Pai has been designated the 34th Chairman of the FCC and has announced staff appointments as well as the appointment of Commission bureau and office chiefs. In remarks to staff, the Commissioner proclaimed the focus of the FCC under his leadership: 

“One of the most significant things that I’ve seen during my time here is that there is a digital divide in this country — between those who can use from cutting-edge communications services and those who do not. I believe one of our core priorities going forward should be to close that divide — to do what’s necessary to help the private sector build networks, send signals, and distribute information to American consumers, regardless of race, gen-der, religion, sexual orientation, or anything else. We must work to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans.” 

Interim Bureau Appointments

While most personnel in the WTB and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) have remained in their positions, Chairman Pai has made the following ap-pointments to Bureaus of significance to the private land mobile radio industry.

  • Michael Carowitz has been appointed Acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau, following the departure of Bill Davenport. Most recently, Mr. Carowitz served as Deputy Chief of the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, and, prior to that, served as Associate Chief/Chief of Staff of the Enforcement Bureau. 
  • Lisa Fowlkes has been appointed Acting Chief of PSHSB. Since December of 2016, Ms. Fowlkes has been serving as Acting Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Prior to that, she served as Acting Director of the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. Previously, she served as Deputy Chief of PSHSB.
  • Nese Guendelsberger has been appointed Acting Chief of the WTB. She has served with the FCC since 2000 in many roles, including most recently Deputy Bureau Chief in the International Bureau and previously as Chief of the Wireless Bureau’s former Spectrum and Competition Policy Division.
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