Trump Asks Jessica Rosenworcel to Return to FCC
President Donald Trump today nominated former FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to retake her seat with the agency. Rosenworcel served on the commission for several years under the Obama Administration. Her term lapsed early this year and she was forced to vacate her seat. Rosenworcel is a Democrat and brings balance to the agency, which now has two Democrats and two Republicans. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated Rosenworcel on the nomination and suggested he looked forward to working with her again. Trump hasn't indicated if or when he might nominate a fifth commissioner to fully staff the agency.
President Trump Picks Republican Ajit Pai to Chair FCC
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
AT&T and Verizon Bite Back At FCC on Net Neutrality
AT&T and Verizon Wireless vigorously defended their sponsored data programs in separate letters to the FCC this week. The agency asked both companies to offer some rationale for their DirecTV Now and FreeBee programs, respectively, which the FCC views as violating its net neutrality rules.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.
FCC Officially Approves New Net Neutrality Regulations
The FCC today voted 3-2 along party lines to implement new regulations over broadband services. The rules seek to reclassify broadband services as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which will put them under stricter government oversight.
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