Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) took to the Senate floor Thursday (Sept. 28) in support of the nomination of FCC chair Ajit Pai.
That followed a number of Democrats over the past two days who have taken the opposite tack in floor speeches, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Ed Markey, who called the Pai FCC the "Forgetting Consumers and Competition" agency.
Wicker said that in nine short months, Pai had taken steps to keep the internet free and open for consumers, and would keep the "heavy hand of government away from the controls."
Wicker said he is working with Pai to help promote rural connectivity and that the FCC would be in good hands with Pai as its chairman.
Related: Sen. Wicker Backs Trump's Rural Broadband Support
"Mr. Pai has proven he is capable of being an exemplary FCC chairman," said Wicker. "He understands the strong connection between technology and innovation."
Wicker also said he hoped Pai would continue to hold the FCC to the highest standards of transparency, citing his decision to publish the draft texts of items before they were voted on.
Related: Gigi Sohn Says Pai Should Be Fired
The Senate will vote later today on closing debate on Pai's nomination, and subsequently on the nomination itself either today or Monday (Oct. 2).
Senate Republicans were said to have wanted to confirm Pai to a new, five-year term, before the Columbus Day (Oct. 9) break.
Weekly digest of streaming and OTT industry news
Thank you for signing up to Multichannel News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.