Trump Chooses Democrat Who Backed Net Neutrality for FCC

Trump Chooses Democrat Who Backed Net Neutrality for FCC

Trump Chooses Democrat Who Backed Net Neutrality for FCC

The Trump administration has indicated that it plans to renominate Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission, after withdrawing her nomination earlier this year. The Senate Commerce Committee let her stay until the end of 2016, although it did not bring to a vote President Barack Obama's renomination of her to the post, Deadline reports.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated Rosenworcel on her impending nomination following the White House's announcement. "NAB strongly supports her renomination and confirmation".

The former FCC commissioner remains a steadfast supporter of net neutrality, Rosenworcel voted for the FCC's Open Internet Order in 2015 which established the controversial public monopoly regulations of the internet. But no Republican candidate has been announced yet.

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But as is custom, industry lobby groups today praised Rosenworcel and congratulated her on the nomination.

There are actually two empty seats on the five-person FCC board - one Democrat and one Republican - but uncharacteristically, Trump did not announce a Republican pick at the same time.

"During her first term as Commissioner, Jessica proved to be an outstanding public servant who championed policies that enable American consumers to benefit from the tremendous changes taking place in the communications and technology marketplace", NCTA President Michael Powell said. Confirming Rosenworcel without confirming another Republican commissioner would put the FCC at an even split, leaving the agency in an ideological logjam. That didn't happen. Now, some are wondering if Rosenworcel will be put up for a vote by the Senate without a Republican nominee. "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. We share Jessica's passion for promoting policies that close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans, especially students, have access to the many benefits that the internet offers". "IIA hopes the Senate will move quickly to confirm Rosenworcel, and we look forward to working with her in the months and years to come". "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". Her departure would leave the FCC without the quorum necessary to conduct major business (though some have quoted agency analysts saying Chairman Pai could use "obscure procedural tactics" to conduct business).

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