Obama Taps FCC Insiders to Fill Empty Commission Seats

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Early this week, President Obama named two nominees for the Federal Communications Commission. Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Ajit Varadaraj Pai have served as legal advisers to the agency and are no strangers to Capitol Hill.


According to The Washington Post, Rosenworcel will replace current Commissioner Michael Copps when his tenure ends. She is a senior staffer on the Senate Commerce Committee, where she has worked with Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.). Rosenworcel also previously served as an adviser to Copps. Of her nomination, Copps said:

Her experience here, combined with her current Congressional work, give her a perspective on telecom and media issues both wide and deep.


Pai is a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block who previously served in the FCC's office of general counsel. He also served as chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. He will fill the seat left vacant by Meredith Baker, who resigned to join Verizon Communications.


Once their nominations are confirmed by the Senate (and experts say it should happen quickly), the new commissioners will dive right into issues such as the increasing demand for broadband spectrum, net neutrality and the debate over the AT&T-T-Mobile merger.

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