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David McCabe Jan 20, 2017
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Meet the next chair of the FCC

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Republican Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai has been Democratic Chairman Tom Wheeler's foil for the past three years. Now, Pai's fortunes have changed: multiple industry sources say Donald Trump will soon elevate Pai to lead the FCC. The news was first reported by Politico.

Pai has significant ties to the Washington conservative establishment. Ed Corrigan, a Heritage Foundation executive who is working at a senior level with the transition team, has been a strong advocate for Pai. The two men both worked for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions.