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Common Cause Applauds Nominations of Jessica Rosenworcel as FCC Chair and Gigi Sohn as FCC Commissioner

WASHINGTON -

Today, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel as permanent FCC Chair and Gigi Sohn as FCC commissioner. Ms. Rosenworcel has been the Acting Chair of the FCC since January and has served as a commissioner for nine years. Ms. Sohn is a Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and a Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate. Ms. Sohn previously served as Counselor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. The confirmation of both would complete the five-seat Commission with three Democrats and two Republicans.

Statement of Michael Copps, Common Cause Special Adviser and Former FCC Commissioner

“To my mind, Jessica Rosenworcel is the most qualified person ever to be named FCC Chair.  She has the smarts, the experience, and the leadership skills to make communications work for every American. As Interim Chair, Commissioner for nine years, senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, and senior adviser leading my staff during my tenure as FCC Commissioner, she has demonstrated her absolutely outstanding ability to lead. Whether it’s bringing broadband to millions of households, safeguarding net neutrality, ensuring students have reliable connectivity, strengthening our media ownership, promoting media diversity, or reining in runaway media and telecom consolidation, she has the leadership and vision to fully address the many challenges we currently face in our communications landscape.

“Jessica’s nomination as chair comes at a crucial time as the country continues to face an unprecedented emergency caused by the pandemic, making the need for connectivity greater than ever. Over the last few months as interim chair, Jessica has already guided a deadlocked FCC in rolling out programs that have provided affordable broadband to millions of households and helped ensure students can participate in the virtual classroom. As chair, Jessica would continue these efforts and strengthen existing programs that help make broadband connectivity a reality for so many. Jessica has a combination of strategic skills, mastery and expertise of the issues, and long-term vision that would make her perfect to serve as chair. She is a true advocate of the public interest.

“We also strongly support the nomination of Gigi Sohn as commissioner of the FCC. For thirty years, Gigi has championed protecting the public interest in communications policy. From working to adopt strong net neutrality rules, making broadband more affordable and competitive, and ensuring the FCC has adequate authority to hold large telecom and cable gatekeepers accountable, Gigi has always put consumers first. Her combination of strong leadership and ability to build broad coalitions will make her a great FCC commissioner.

“The confirmation of Jessica and Gigi would complete the five-seat commission and return the agency to full strength, which is critical to addressing the communications needs of all households. We urge the Senate to quickly advance these nominations so the FCC can get on with the business of advancing the public interest and creating a communications ecosystem that serves all of us.”

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