Trump nominated Redl confirmed as NTIA chief

James Pearce
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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 government office.

“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.”