President Trump’s nomination this week of Jessica Rosenworcel − a Democrat who previously served on the Commission from 2012 through the end of last year − continues to bring in support from various sectors of the broadband industry. During her tenure at the FCC, Rosenworcel was known as a vocal advocate for net neutrality and closing the “homework gap” in terms of access to broadband.
Right now, the five-member FCC is operating with three members including Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, and Democrat Mignon Clyburn. One of the open slots will go to a Democrat and the other to a Republican.
“Jessica Rosenworcel has been a champion of connecting our classrooms and libraries and closing the ‘homework gap’ for students who don’t have broadband at home,” Comcast Senior EVP and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen says. “She has been a leader on promoting a balanced spectrum policy for licensed and unlicensed uses, and so many other important issues that will benefit from her extensive public service experience. We commend this nomination by President Trump and look forward to continuing to work with her on the Commission.”
The American Cable Association also cheered the nomination and urged the Senate to confirm her.
“ACA praises President Trump for announcing his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term at the Federal Communications Commission. Her experience in communications law and regulation and her diligence in working through the issues are truly impressive,” American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka comments. “ACA looks forward to working with Commissioner Rosenworcel at this critical time in the quest to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, high-performance broadband. Upon her official nomination, ACA encourages the Senate to confirm her quickly.”
As reported here in CED, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association also put out a statement in support of the nomination. “We share Jessica’s passion for promoting policies that close the digital divide and ensure that all Americans, especially students, have access to the many benefits that the internet offers,” NCTA President and CEO Michael Powell says.
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