This week President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier in the month, Trump nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to again fill the Democrat seat she vacated at the turn of the year during a season of brinksmanship sparked by uncertainty over former Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plans.
Rosenworcel is, of course, a familiar face for those interacting with the FCC, and Carr is no stranger to the agency. Currently the FCC General Counsel, Carr was a legal advisor to then-Commissioner Ajit Pai and focused on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Prior to that, as an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, he navigated numerous cases, including some involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act. He also served previously as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Chairman Pai, who also congratulated Rosenworcel earlier in the month, this week welcomed the news about Carr and said, “Brendan’s expertise on wireless policy and public safety will be a tremendous asset to the Commission. I look forward to working with him in his new role and wish him all the best during the confirmation process.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: June 30, 2017