NRECA Applauds Choice of Ajit Pai to Head the Federal Communications Commission

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today congratulated Ajit Pai on becoming chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

“We’re very pleased that Ajit Pai has been appointed by President Trump to lead the FCC,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “Chairman Pai understands the telecommunications needs of rural America, including the need to enhance access to broadband. We also are encouraged by his commitment to process reform at the FCC to ensure transparency and timely decisions. We look forward to working with Chairman Pai in his new role on the Commission.”

The FCC oversees a variety of issues important to electric co-ops, including the design and execution of the Connect America Fund, under which electric cooperatives interested in developing broadband services may receive federal funding to do so.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.