Today, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alan Davidson as an administrator for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Mr. Davidson previously served as a senior policy advisor with the Mozilla Foundation and has also worked as a senior fellow for New America Foundation. In these roles, Mr. Davidson gained a depth of experience and a diverse perspective on the telecommunications and technology challenges that we as a nation are grappling with today. Public Knowledge contends that this background and understanding will serve him well as the head of the NTIA and looks forward to working with him to connect America.
The following can be attributed to Chris Lewis, CEO and President of Public Knowledge:
“Congratulations to Alan Davidson on his confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator. Alan has the right experience, skills, and public interest values for this critical position at an important time. Not only does the NTIA have a tremendously important task in distributing more than $48 billion in broadband funds to close the digital divide, but it also sits at the nexus of making interagency cooperation on spectrum policy work – a fact Alan grasps well. We look forward to working closely with him in this new role.
“Congress still has extremely urgent work to do to advance the broadband agenda. After weeks of hearings and questions, it is time for the Senate to act and give us a fully appointed Federal Communications Commission. Dollars alone will not close the digital divide and the FCC is the central agency in ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable communications networks. The Senate must immediately confirm Gigi Sohn to the FCC to fulfill the nation’s urgent broadband agenda.”
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