Mignon Clyburn Stepping DownMignon Clyburn stepping down as the FCC Democratic Commissioner. Clyburn who is an advocate for low-income minority communities announced plans to step down from the agency today, effective May 10. This ending her eight-year tenure with the FCC. "I’ve done all I know to do. And it’s time for me to serve in another way," she said. MIGNON CLYBURN ADDRESSES NAB Clyburn was an Obama nominee and former entrepreneur who joined the FCC in 2009. She is an outspoken proponent of Net Neutrality, lowering prison phone rates and media ownership reform but she consistently clashed with the current FCC chairman Ajit Pai over policy. This is certainly not a good look for Net Neutrality to remain a constant at this point. Mignon Clyburn Stepping Down from FCC Post This will leave an open seat for President Trump to assign someone else but it has to also be confirmed by the Senate. Another Obama appointee Terrell McSweeny also announced that she will be leaving the FCC at the end of the month.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai will keynote the Radio Luncheon at the 2017 Radio Show on Wednesday, September 6. The Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 5-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.
Designated FCC chairman by President Donald Trump in January 2017, Pai subscribes to a regulatory philosophy centered on innovation, investment, creating better products and services, lowering prices, job creation, and economic growth. He had previously served as commissioner at the FCC, appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in May 2012.
During his time at the FCC as both a commissioner and chairman, Pai has been a champion on radio issues, including revitalizing the AM band, cracking down on pirate operations, supporting radio’s role during emergencies, and clearing outdated and onerous regulations.
“Throughout his tenure at the FCC, Ajit Pai has recognized time and again the indispensable role that local radio plays in communities across America,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We look forward to hearing first-hand his plans for strengthening free and local broadcasting.”