The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed the new Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In doing so, it gave its thumbs up to the individual who has until now served as Chief Council on Communications and Technology for the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
David Redl is stepping into the role, and that’s been welcomed by many across Washington, D.C.
On Capitol Hill, House E&C Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) jointly expressed their pleasure of the Senate’s OK of Redl.
“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,” they said in a statement.
“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.”
Before becoming Council for the House E&C Committee in February 2011, Redl spent many years at CTIA-The Wireless Association, exiting as Director of Regulatory Affairs. He was a legal intern at the FCC for the 2004-2005 academic year.
Commission Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated Redl upon his return from a two-day tour of Puerto Rico, where Pai first-hand saw the devastated caused by Hurricane Maria and the continued troubles facing wireless carriers and broadcasters alike.
Pai said, “David is incredibly well-qualified to serve at the helm of NTIA, and I know he will further NTIA’s missions of promoting broadband deployment and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth. I look forward to working with him on spectrum, infrastructure, and other issues.”