This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Alan Davidson as assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, which makes him the administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The vote was 60 in favor to 31 in opposition. Davidson becomes the first Senate-confirmed head of NTIA since mid-2019.
NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association issued a statement in which it commends the Senate for confirming Davidson’s nomination.
“NATE is pleased that the Senate acted swiftly on this nomination and congratulates Mr. Davidson on his confirmation,” said Todd Schlekeway, NATE president and CEO. “Thanks to the federal infrastructure law, NTIA is charged with distributing historic levels of funding for broadband deployment and it is very important to have a talented leader overseeing efforts to distribute this funding and closing the digital divide. Mr. Davidson is committed to these efforts and has pledged to ensure broadband funds are deployed properly and that broadband deployment is technology neutral. NATE looks forward to being a partner in these efforts and supporting Mr. Davidson in his role as assistant secretary.”
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) congratulated Davidson on his confirmation as head of NTIA.
“Not only does he possess the intellectual, technical and administrative wherewithal to commandeer and guide this integral agency, he is a strong proponent of ensuring that all broadband technologies can apply for federal funding programs to reach the unserved,” a statement from WISPA reads. “This is more important than ever, with so much of this nation’s prosperity connected to reliable, robust and universally available internet connectivity. We look forward to working with him as the NTIA develops and rolls out the BEAD grant program, as well as helping him identify and ultimately unleash, through sharing and other mechanisms, more spectrum for commercial use.”
Another membership organization, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, congratulated Davidson.
“NTIA will play a critical role over the next several years in bridging the digital divide as it implements the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program and other recently created broadband-focused programs,” said the organization’s CEO, Shirley Bloomfield. “On behalf of NTCA’s members, who are both commercially and cooperatively owned and based in the communities they serve, I congratulate Alan Davidson on his confirmation to lead NTIA. We are thrilled to have a leader with deep experience in telecom and broadband policy issues at the helm of this important agency as NTIA leads the way in deploying broadband across the country. NTCA’s members have been at the forefront of bringing high-speed connectivity to the farthest corners of rural America, and we look forward to working with Davidson and NTIA as well as other federal and state partners to get the job done and reach all Americans.”
The Wireless Infrastructure Association issued a statement from its president and CEO, Jonathan Adelstein, in which Adelsten said he applauded the Senate for its bipartisan vote.
“It was urgent to get him approved quickly, given all that NTIA has on its plate, so I’m glad the Senate prioritized his nomination,” Adelstein said. “He is the right choice to lead NTIA through this exciting and challenging period. In all our many years working together, he has always shown the knowledge, expertise and dedication to public service that will serve the country well in this powerful position. WIA looks forward to working closely with him as he oversees historic federal investments in broadband infrastructure that will close the digital divide and ensure the United States wins the race to 5G.”
The chairwoman of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel, also congratulated Davidson.
“The FCC and NTIA have worked together as partners in the past, and I look forward to building on that history with close cooperation in the future,” said Rosenworcel. “Among other things, I look forward to working together on spectrum policy that reflects our national priorities and offering support as NTIA prepares to distribute the largest broadband infrastructure investment in our nation’s history. Working together, I am confident we can make progress on delivering innovative, modern communications that reach everyone, everywhere.”