Trump Renominates Rosenworcel to FCC Commissioner

Jessica Rosenworcel

Rosenworcel, a Democrat, previously served as FCC commissioner from 2012 to January 2017. President Barack Obama had nominated her for another term shortly before he left office, but her position was not confirmed. "We commend this nomination by President Trump and look forward to continuing to work with her on the Commission". Some speculated Wheeler would stay on through the end of his term to block Trump's ability to appoint a Republican majority at the agency.

Industry and congressional officials also expect Trump to nominate Brendan Carr, a Republican who is now general counsel at the FCC and an adviser to Pai, to an open seat. But if Democrat Mignon Clyburn exits-her term is up at the end of June but she could serve until the end of 2018, the FCC will lack a quorum to vote on items.

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

That's one possible reason for Rosenworcel's nomination, since Trump wouldn't want to tie the agency's hands with a 2-2 majority that would block Republicans from repealing net neutrality rules.

Trump announced his intention to nominate Rosenworcel late Tuesday, and Pai was quick to voice his support for the move. Pai is reportedly considering Brendan Carr, now the acting FCC general counsel and a former staffer in Pai's office.

Usually presidents nominate Republican and Democratic candidates for the FCC in tandem to boost their chances of approval by an increasingly partisan Senate.

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Pai welcomed Rosenworcel back to the FCC Wednesday.

"The committee also expects Rosenworcel's nomination will allow stalled bipartisan telecommunications legislation, including the MOBILE NOW Act, to pass the Senate and advance to the House of Representatives".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, had recommended Rosenworcel for the Democrat spot, Deadline reported.

Broadband and cable lobbyists including the premier cable trade group NCTA, whose members include Comcast and Fox, congratulated Rosenworcel.

"CCA shares her commitment to ensuring wireless services for all Americans, especially for consumers in rural and remote areas, and her focus on closing the homework gap will benefit all Americans", he added.

"This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation a year ago, 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. Nelson is the ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee.