FCC chief Ajit Pai to depart agency the day Biden is sworn in

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.

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