Aug 3, 2017

Senate brings FCC back to five members

Jessica Rosenworcel with now-FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Federal Communications Commission photo via Flickr)

The FCC is close to having its full slate of five commissioners for the first time in the Trump era. The Senate has confirmed former commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and current agency official Brendan Carr to its two open seats on Thursday. It also approved several telecom bills that had been held up in wrangling over Rosenworcel's renomination.

Worth noting: The body didn't confirm current Chairman Ajit Pai to another term. His current term requires him to depart at the end of 2017 and, per Politico, the plan is to vote on his renomination later this year in the midst of a debate at the agency over Pai's proposed rollback of net neutrality rules.

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