Kudos poured in for President Trump’s nominee to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The Senate confirmed David Redl Tuesday night. The NTIA, a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, is the White House’s primary adviser on telecom policy including broadband access and spectrum.
The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved him on a voice vote earlier this month. Redl was most recently chief counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Redl’s “deep understanding of communications policy and his background in both the private sector and on Capitol Hill will serve him and the NTIA well while he is at the helm,” said Shirley Bloomfield, Chief Executive Officer for NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.
“NTIA will play a vital role in expanding broadband deployment,” said USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter. “We look forward to working with him to fortify our nation’s broadband infrastructure to grow – and secure – our digital economy. And CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker called Redl uniquely qualified, noting: “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.”
Over at the FCC, Chairman Ajit Pai called Redl “incredibly well-qualified.” Pai said: “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.”