New Commissioners Take Office

Last week, after sailing through the Senate confirmation process as part of a bipartisan package of approved federal nominations, Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel were officially sworn as Commissioners at the FCC.

Rosenworcel (D) returned to commission after a forced hiatus due to brinksmanship late last year sparked by uncertainty over former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plans. She thanked the President and Senate for the opportunity and said, “I pledge to fight to make sure that the public interest is served and everyone across this country has access to the best, most reliable communications in the world.”

Carr (R) was most recently the agency’s General Counsel, and previously served as a legal advisor to then-Commissioner Ajit Pai with a focus on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Upon his swearing-in, he said, “Whether it is promoting broadband deployment, maintaining the United States’ leadership in wireless, or advancing public safety, I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with my colleagues at the Commission to serve the public interest.”

For his part, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai welcomed his new colleagues. He stated, “I’m pleased that the Commission is once again at full capacity. They will be valuable assets to the FCC, and I look forward to collaborating with them to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency’s operations.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: August 18, 2017

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