Full Slate of Commissioners Coming to the FCC

June 29, 2017

President Donald Trump has just nominated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) General Counsel Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat on the Commission. Prior to recently becoming General Counsel under Chairman Ajit Pai, Carr had previously served as Pai’s wireless, public safety and international issues advisor. ANA believes that Carr’s strong and broad background at the FCC and his history with telecommunications and regulatory issues in general will provide him an excellent foundation to be a thoughtful and fair Commissioner.

We applaud President Trump for moving forward quickly with both Brendan Carr’s nomination and the nomination of Jessica Rosenworcel for the open Democratic seat. Now with the reconsideration of the FCC’s Net Neutrality proposal on the table, there will be an increasing need to have a full slate of commissioners examine and vote on the important proceedings before the agency.

These two nominations will now go to the Senate where they will hopefully receive quick confirmation hearings and votes. Carr’s nomination should allow both his and Rosenworcel’s nomination proceedings to easily move together through the process. According to the Wall Street Journal, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R, SD) also hopes to use the process to accelerate passage of stalled telecommunications legislation. ANA will monitor the nomination proceedings ahead in the Senate and looks forward to working closely with both Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel in their future FCC Commissioner roles.

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