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Rosenworcel to be nominated to return to the FCC

US President Donald Trump plans to nominate former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who has participated at several IIC events, to the open Democratic slot in the agency, notes Investopedia. The president made the announcement on Twitter. Rosenworcel previously served as commissioner at the agency from 2012 to 2016. “The nomination of Rosenworcel to the FCC balances out the number of Democrats and Republicans in the agency for now. Mignon Clyburn is the federal agency's other Democrat. FCC commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Riley are Republicans. In a statement, Clyburn said Rosenworcel was a leader in modernizing 911 call centres and "a champion for freeing up more unlicensed spectrum”. Clyburn continued, "I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections.” Rosenworcel is an advocate for net neutrality, and voted in favour of then-commissioner Tom Wheeler's measure classifying broadband carriers as utilities and subjecting them to greater federal regulation. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has been trying to dismantle the measure. “However, Rosenworcel's addition to the FCC commissioner roster might not translate into much of a challenge for Pai. While announcing his plans to nominate Rosenworcel, President Trump did not elaborate on whether she was a replacement for Clyburn, whose term ends later this year. The agency needs a quorum of at least three members to pass a decision. It is quite possible that Rosenworcel may be a replacement instead of an addition to the agency. In that case, her support for net neutrality might be a minority stance in the face of two Republican commissioners.” More here

  • Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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