Four months after Michelle Carey was named as interim chief of the Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai has confirmed she’s his pick to oversee the division. Carey has worked in a variety of roles at the FCC during the past 16 years including her most recent role as deputy chief in the Media Bureau since 2011.
Earlier she served as a senior legal advisor to former FCC chair Kevin Martin and worked in the agency’s Wireline Competition Bureau. An attorney by training, Carey previously worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration before joining the FCC.
“As we work to modernize our media rules to match today’s marketplace, we will continue to rely on Michelle’s experience and talent,” Pai said in the announcement. “As acting chief, Michelle has already started the agency’s review of its media regulations, advanced the next-generation transmission standard for TV broadcasters, worked to revitalize AM Radio services and eased burdens on noncommercial broadcasters.”
Carey succeeds former Media Bureau chief Bill Lake who exited the agency with the rest of the Obama administration in January.