Trump Nominates Former Commissioner Rosenworcel for Open FCC Seat

Jessica Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

However, Senate Republicans did not bring her nomination up for a vote before the end of Obama's presidency, and Trump initially withdrew her nomination following his inauguration.

Trump has not announced who he intends to nominate for the GOP seat, though it's widely believed to be FCC gen counsel Brendan Carr, who before taking the post in January spent three years as FCC chmn Ajit Pai's wireless, public safety and global legal adviser.

Rosenworcel at an FCC hearing in 2015. Clyburn's term expires June 30, but she could stay on the commission throughout 2018 even if the Senate doesn't immediately reconfirm her.

This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation past year, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along. Clyburn's term expires at the end of June.

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. Pai is reportedly considering Brendan Carr, now the acting FCC general counsel and a former staffer in Pai's office. Now, the Senate can confirm Rosenworcel for another term at the FCC.

President Trump has nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the Federal Communications Commission, the White House announced late Tuesday night.

Rosenworcel would likely need to be paired with a nominee for the Republican seat-the Administration would not want to create a 2-2 tie, which would be the case unless Mignon Clyburn exited.

"We congratulate Jessica Rosenworcel and look forward to working closely to promote competition and fairness to all Americans", the group's president, Gene Kimmelman, said Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, had recommended Rosenworcel for the Democrat spot, Deadline reported. As such, broadband industry lobbyists and Rosenworcel were generally on opposite sides.

"She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest", Pai said.

"This appointment rights a wrong because she deserved confirmation previous year and should have been sitting on the commission all along", said Andrew Jay Schwartzman, a Georgetown University law professor, according to the LA Times. His committee eventually confirmed Rosenworcel, but never made it to the Senate floor for a chamber-wide vote.

When the election results came in and it became clear there would be a Republican president and a Republican majority Congress, Wheeler tried to broker that deal - his scalp for her renomination - but failed. The proposal gave the FCC power over licensing agreements between cable providers and the third-party device manufacturers they would have to offer their content on - a provision Rosenworcel disagreed with.

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