Trump Nominates Former Commissioner Rosenworcel for Open FCC Seat

15 June, 2017, 01:35 | Author: Brittany Bishop
  • Federal Communications Commission commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel attends a FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washingt

"Commissioner Rosenworcel is supremely qualified for another FCC term, having demonstrated her public service credentials and full command of telecommunications issues during her Commission tenure".

President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for one of the two vacancies on the Federal Communications Commission.

NAB is delighted to hear that President Trump will renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC.

Rosenworcel, a Democrat, was re-nominated by Obama in January of 2017 to serve another term, after Senate lawmakers failed to extend her term before Congress adjourned at the end of previous year.

AT&T also praised the nomination, noting Rosenworcel's "considerable intellect". Pai's term technically expired in June 2016, but the FCC's rules allow him to stay until the end of 2017.

Chairman Ajit Pai has used the occasion of a Republican majority to dramatically re-cast a proceeding governing business data services, to reverse broadband privacy rules, and to begin the process or reconsidering the Obama-administration agency's net neutrality regulations, as well as other measures.

Broadband and cable lobbyists including the premier cable trade group NCTA, whose members include Comcast and Fox, congratulated Rosenworcel. Two seats are presently open on the panel, one for each party, and it is widely rumored that FCC General Counsel BRENDAN CARR will be nominated for the open Republican slot to maintain the G.O.P.'s majority.

Trump, however, inexplicably withdrew Rosenworcel's nomination on February 28, raising questions as to which side of the aisle her replacement would come from. Her term expires June 30, but she could continue to serve until the congressional session ends.

"Sen. [John] Thune is pleased to see Jessica Rosenworcel's nomination moving forward", said a spokesman for the Senate Commerce Committee. "We look forward to working together with the administration to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our industry, including finding additional licensed and unlicensed spectrum".

"This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation a year ago, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along", Georgetown Law lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney who specializes in media and telecommunications policy, said in a statement provided to Ars.

She also publicly supported the Digital Learning Equity Act in 2015, a piece of legislation that would have enabled low-income families and students to access critical education technology through the construction of broadband infrastructure in community centers, libraries and non-profits.


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