WASHINGTON, DC – Mike Rogers, Chairman of 5G Action Now and former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, today issued the following statement following FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that he will be leaving the FCC in January:

“While I am saddened to hear about his forthcoming departure, I applaud and thank Chairman Pai for his consistent, strong, and focused leadership and advocacy on 5G. The United States is in a much stronger position today and handing off considerable progress on the issue to the incoming Commission due in no small part to Chairman Pai’s efforts. Ensuring American leadership on 5G requires consistency and I hope that his efforts are continued under the next FCC chair, whomever that may be. I wish Chairman Pai the best of luck on his next endeavors.” 

About 5G Action Now

5G Action Now was founded to establish the United States as the worldwide leader in 5G. Our goal is to elevate the conversation regarding American national security and the economic benefits of winning the 5G innovation and deployment battle against China. 5G will spur economic growth in rural America, create an environment for technological expansion, and put the U.S. on strong national security footing for generations to come.

5G Action Now supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a 2020 C-band auction. Additionally, we support Members of Congress of both parties working together with the federal government to win the 5G race against China.

About Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is the former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and now serves as the Chairman of 5G Action Now.

In Congress, Chairman Rogers worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, and oversaw the Intelligence Community’s $70 billion budget that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Before being elected to represent Michigan in the House of Representatives, he was an FBI special agent and member of the U.S. Army.

Today, he hosts the CNN Original Series Declassified, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows, and frequently contributes to major print outlets. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center where he is leading a program on 5G, national security, and intelligence policy.