Trump nominated Redl confirmed as NTIA chief
The US Senate has confirmed David Redl as head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, making him on of the Trump Administration's chief telecom advisors
President Donald Trump’s pick to head up the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration David Redl has been given the
thumbs-up by the US Senate.
Redl, who was nominated by Trump in May, will now serve as a
key advisor to the Trump administration on telecoms policy such as spectrum
deployments and broadband access.
The former chief counsel of the US House of Representatives
Committee on Energy and Commerce had seen his appointment delayed due to his
stance on control of global web domains. Before joining the committee, Redl was
director of regulatory affairs for CTIA-The Wireless Association, where he
focused on spectrum policy and wireless broadband.
In a joint statement, Energy and Commerce Committee chairman
Greg Walden and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology chairman Marsha
Blackburn welcomed Redl’s new role as administrator at NTIA.
Walden and Blackburn said: “Under David’s leadership as
chief counsel, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee worked diligently
to advance federal spectrum policy to meet America’s growing need for wireless
and broadband services. His experience and in-depth knowledge of communications
law and policy is unmatched.
“Now, with David at the helm, we are confident NTIA will
make great strides to ensure efficient federal spectrum use, expand broadband
internet access to all, and secure Americans’ communications networks.”
The telecoms industry in the US also reacted positively
towards the appointment saying he is “uniquely qualified” for the role in a
statement from industry body the CTIA.
CTIA president and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said: "On
behalf of the wireless industry, CTIA congratulates David Redl on his Senate
confirmation as NTIA Administrator. David has deep expertise in spectrum,
broadband and wireless issues and is uniquely qualified for this important
“His appointment shows that the Administration recognizes
the importance of ensuring an open spectrum pipeline that meets growing
consumer demand, spurs economic growth and secures U.S. leadership in
next-generation 5G wireless.”