Copps Is Obama's Temporary FCC Chairman Pick
Obama has asked FCC commissioner Michael Copps to act as the FCC Chairman on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement for former Chairman Kevin Martin is found. Obama is expected to nominate Julius Genachowski for the post. Genachowski will have to be approved by Congress before taking office. Copps will head the FCC until then.
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.
Trump Rounds Out FCC with Brendan Carr Nomination
President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr to fill the fifth and final Commissioner role at the FCC. Brendan Carr, a Republican, joins Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and Chairman Ajit Pai, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority over Democrat Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
FCC Commissioner Pai Breaks Rank, Rails Against Net Neutrality
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for Chairman Tom Wheeler's net neutrality plan. Pai, who is one of two republicans serving on the FCC, clams the public is being misled about how onerous and controlling the plan truly is.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
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