Originally published in Washington Internet Daily on January 24, 2017.
Transitions are ‘rarely easy,’ but Pai’s should be ‘among the easiest,’ said Fred Campbell, director of Tech Knowledge. Campbell was an aide and later Wireless Bureau chief for the last commissioner to be permanently elevated, former Chairman Kevin Martin. Pai’s ‘experience in the general counsel’s office and as a commissioner mean he’s well-versed in the agency’s procedures, the applicable laws and policies, the issues that are currently before the agency, and the capabilities of career staff,’ Campbell told us. ‘His development of a digital empowerment agenda while serving as a minority commissioner also indicates he’s already given considerable thought to the agency’s future policy direction.'”