Jan 17, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Tech regulators visit Trump Tower

Donald Trump met recently with two people rumored to be in line for major tech regulatory jobs, according to reports about Tuesday's transition press call. The Trump tower visitors:

  • Ajit Pai, the senior Republican commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission
  • Joshua Wright, a former Republican member of the Federal Trade Commission who now works for the transition

Why it matters: Top appointments at the FCC, FTC and the Justice Department will set antitrust policy under a presidential administration that has been skeptical of big deals. Both Pai and Wright are also generally advocates of a light regulatory touch — so if they are nominated to top posts it will send a signal about what the next several years bring for tech and telecom.

What we're tracking: Trump needs to nominate new chairs of the FCC and FTC, and fill the top antitrust spot at DOJ. Pai's office had no comment, and Wright didn't immediately respond to an email about the meeting.

Update: Joshua Wright declined to comment on the meeting.

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