Jan 11, 2022 - Technology

Senate confirms new NTIA chief

Alan Davidson at a 2010 congressional hearing

Alan Davidson. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Senate on Tuesday voted 60-31 to confirm Alan Davidson to lead the telecom unit of the Commerce Department, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Why it matters: Davidson, who previously started Google's policy shop in D.C. in 2005 and most recently was with Mozilla, will take over NTIA as it prepares to oversee $48 billion in funding for broadband deployment as part of the newly passed infrastructure law.

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