Trump Intends to Nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for Return to FCC

Jessica Rosenworcel

Rosenworcel at an FCC hearing in 2015.

"We applaud President Trump for nominating Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the FCC".

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.

If confirmed, Jessica Rosenworcel of CT will serve as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission.

But there have been increased rumblings in DC circles that she's looking to leave at the end of June.

CNET reports that Rosenworcel was a supporter of net neutrality during her previous stint on the commission, joining with former Chairman Wheeler and Clyburn to pass the rules. It is not clear if Clyburn plans to stay on the commission. As such, broadband industry lobbyists and Rosenworcel were generally on opposite sides. Recode recently pegged Brendan Carr, now general counsel for Ajit Pai's FCC, as the favorite for the Republican slot. She has the support of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"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. "While the Commerce Committee does not yet have the necessary paperwork to act on her nomination, in deciding how to proceed, the committee will be seeking more information about the status of the administration's efforts to nominate a qualified candidate for the remaining vacancy at the FCC".

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. "I look forward to working with her in the fight for an open Internet, affordable broadband and strong consumer privacy protections".

"This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation previous year, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along", Georgetown Law lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney who specializes in media and telecommunications policy, said in a statement provided to Ars.

"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. "We are pleased for the opportunity to work with her again once she is confirmed and to pursue our shared interests in ensuring sustainable and affordable broadband access for all Americans".

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