October 02, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Ajit Pai as Federal Communications Commission Chairman

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Joe Manchin released the following statement on voting to confirm Ajit Pai as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman.

“After working with Ajit Pai for several years as an FCC Commissioner and after the last several months working with him as Chair, tonight I was glad to vote to confirm him as the FCC Chairman. Ajit and I have been working together on a number of ways to bridge the digital divide in our country, especially in West Virginia, including adopting the Mobility Fund II, improving the accuracy of broadband coverage maps, and tailoring the Remote Areas Fund to reach the places that need it most. The Mobility Fund II will provide $4.53 billion to expand broadband access in rural America, and the Remote Areas Fund has the opportunity to deliver a reliable broadband connection to over 12,000 locations across West Virginia. I look forward to working with Ajit and the Commission to make sure that all Americans and West Virginians have access to broadband."