Last week, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel testified before the Senate Commerce Committee as the panel considered her for a new five-year term at the Commission. She faced a wide range of questions, including the rationale for her vote in favor of the controversial net neutrality order, which Chairman John Thune (R-SD) called “one of the most polarizing and partisan decisions in the agency’s history.” For his part, Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) emphasized, “Consumer protection, public safety, universal access, and competition must continue to be at the forefront of the FCC’s actions.” Also high on the minds of Senators was the upcoming auction of television broadcast spectrum, unlicensed spectrum, and broadband concerns. Commissioner Rosenworcel will likely be re-confirmed, but it remains to be seen if her nomination will be delayed in order to pair it with a Republican nomination and so ease its movement through the Senate. The Commerce Committee noted in a release that she may remain in her post until December of next year as she awaits Senate action.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: November 6, 2015