Senate Approves Trump's FCC Picks
The U.S. Senate today formally approved the nominations of Brendan Carr and Jessica Rosenworcel to the Federal Communications Commission. Carr, a Republican, and Rosenworcel, a Democrat, join existing Commissioners Michael O'Reilly (R) and Mignon Cyburn (D), and Chairman Ajit Pai (R), giving Republicans a 3-2 majority. The Commission had a Democrat majority under President Obama and a Republican majority under President Bush. With five appointees, the FCC is now at full strength. Pai has made clear his intent to undo the net neutrality rules installed by his predecessor, Democrat Tom Wheeler, as well as to remove what he views as undue burdens placed on businesses when it comes to the regulatory environment.
Jun 2, 2018
President Trump is prepared to nominate Geoffrey Starks to fill the FCC seat vacated by Mignon Clyburn last month. Starks already works at the FCC in the Commission's enforcement bureau.
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
Oct 16, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai lowered the boom on the nation's wireless network operators and their collective lack of progress in bringing wireless service back to the areas impacted by Hurricane Michael. "Even though efforts to restore communications services have been going well in most of the areas affected by Hurricane Michael, the slow progress in restoring wireless service in areas close to where the hurricane made landfall is completely unacceptable," said Pai in a statement.