Today’s Regulatory Mix: Chairman Pai Statement Upon Departure from the FCC, FCC Releases List of Accomplishments Under Chairman Ajit Pai, Oregon Adopts Permanent Revisions to the Residential Service Protection Fund
Chairman Pai Statement Upon Departure from the FCC
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement as he prepared to formally submit his resignation:
“Serving the American people as Chairman of the FCC has been the greatest honor of my professional life. Over the past four years, we have delivered results for the American people, from narrowing the digital divide to advancing American leadership in 5G, from protecting consumers and national security to keeping Americans connected during the pandemic, from modernizing our media rules to making the agency more transparent and nimble. It has been a privilege to lead the agency over its most productive period in recent history.
“None of this—not a single action, big or small—would have been possible without the incredible staff of the FCC. They are remarkable public servants who brought to the task each day their expertise, diligence, and collegiality. As I’ve had the chance to tell them during farewell events over the past week, they are inspiring public servants. I’ll miss working with our engineers, economists, attorneys, 24/7 public safety staff, consumer outreach teams, policy experts, administrative staff, and many others. Their accomplishments are even more remarkable considering that they have been working from home for the past ten months, as the FCC became one of the first federal agencies to implement comprehensive telework. I thank each and every one of our staff for their outstanding service to the Commission and to the country.
“Thank you to the American people for their support during my time at the FCC. I look forward to the next adventure.”
FCC Releases List of Accomplishments Under Chairman Ajit Pai
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a 19-page review that lists the agency’s accomplishments made under Chairman Ajit Pai. This review includes details regarding:
- Bridging the Digital Divide
- Promoting Innovation and Investment
- Protecting Consumers and Enforcing the Law
- Enhancing National Security and Public Safety
- Transparency and Process Reforms
- Eliminating and Modernizing Outdated Regulations
It is important to note that Ajit Pai served the FCC for 12 years, four years as Chairman, eight years as a Commissioner, and twelve years as an employee of the agency.
Oregon Adopts Permanent Revisions to the Residential Service Protection Fund
The Public Utility Commission of Oregon (PUC) has adopted permanent revisions to its Oregon Residential Service Protection Fund (RSPF) rules. The permanent rules replace temporary rules which expired on December 27, 2020. Changes to the rules include revisions to the Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) to align Oregon law with FCC regulations and the Telecommunications Devices Access Program (TDAP) to implement changes in response to an audit. The new rules became effective on December 29, 2020. Inteserra Briefing Service subscribers see Briefing dated 1/14/21
The Regulatory Mix, Inteserra’s blog of telecom related regulatory activities, is a snapshot of PUC, FCC, legislative, and occasionally court issues that our regulatory monitoring team uncovers each day. Depending on their significance, some items may be the subject of an Inteserra Briefing.