Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Trump to renominate Rosenworcel to FCC

Trump to renominate Rosenworcel to FCC

Added the American Cable Association: "ACA praises President Trump for announcing his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term at the Federal Communications Commission".

Rosenworcel is an advocate for net neutrality and originally served under President Obama from 2012 until 2016, and reportedly left her position as the Senate was unable to extend her position. "Her renomination to the FCC reinforces that President Trump, an active user of anytime/anywhere connectivity, understands the importance of US leadership in the digital economy and setting a market-driven, pro-innovation approach on communications and tech policy issues".

The five-member FCC is now operating with just three members: Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly, and Democrat Mignon Clyburn.

Democrats led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer recommended Rosenworcel for the opening.

Rosenworcel's nomination is seen as strongly supported by Senate Democrats, and is likely to be paired with the nomination of another Republican to the agency, which can have a maximum of five commissioners.

One possibility: the president might decline to renominate Clyburn, who some have speculated might choose to leave the FCC to deprive it of a quorum as it weighs several controversial matters.

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Otherwise, Rosenworcel has been a forceful, public advocate for FCC policies and programs that seek to close the "homework gap", as she calls it - the broad disparities in broadband internet service that make it hard for students, particularly in rural areas, to do their schoolwork.

In any event, those in and around the FCC applauded the nomination. "I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open Internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections".

Hallelujah, better late than never. "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".

"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. "She has shined a spotlight on the need to eliminate the homework gap to ensure America's students have access to the digital tools to help them succeed in school".

With the White House's announcement of the widely expected Rosenworcel pick, the big question is whether she will join the FCC as the second Democratic Commissioner if she's confirmed, or whether she might take over fellow Democrat Mignon Clyburn's spot.

Senate Democrats previously held up a vote on telecom policy legislation during the 114th Congress in an effort to force a vote on her nomination, according to Broadcast and Cable.

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