Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he would step down from the agency in January and step down after President Donald Trump’s re-election defeat.
His departure will give Biden’s new government the opportunity to form its own democratic majority on the five-member regulator after the day of inauguration. Pai, who Trump won as head of the FCC in January 2017, will step down from office on January 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.
“It was the honor of your life,” Pai said in a statement. “Together, over the past four years, we’ve delivered for the American people: closing the digital divide; promoting innovation and competition, from 5G on-site to broadband from space; protecting consumers; and promoting public safety. And those FCC has not shy away from making difficult decisions.