Simington’s FCC Nomination Moves to Full Senate for Approval
Thursday, December 03, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the nomination of Nathan Simington to the FCC seat previously held by Michael O’Rielly. With the approval, Simington’s nomination now moves to the full Senate for approval.

Prior to a vote of approval, Simington has been asked to appear and testify before the Senate.

In September, President Trump nominated Simington to take O’Rielly’s seat. Trump initially renominated O’Rielly to the seat but later withdrew the nomination. At the time, reports indicated that the nomination was withdrawn because O’Rielly did not support the president’s attempts to regulate social media.

During the commission’s Sept. 30 meeting, O’Rielly said he would not seek another term on the commission.

“I have truly enjoyed my time at the commission, and I have been incredibly humbled by the opportunity to serve our great country,” O’Rielly said at the time. “The fact of the matter is that my time of service is coming to an end regardless of the November presidential election. While there has been some speculation over whether I would return to the commission under certain circumstances, I do not seek for anyone to pursue my continued service at the commission beyond my current term, which will conclude at its appropriate point sometime later this year.”

Simington is currently the senior advisor for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) specializing in telecommunications policy. Among his main responsibilities across the telecommunications industry, he works on 5G security and secure supply chains and the American Broadband Initiative. He also serves as NTIA’s representative to the Government Advisory Committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Prior to his appointment at NTIA, Simington was senior counsel to Brightstar Corporation. In that role, he negotiated deals with companies across the spectrum of the telecommunications and internet industry. Prior to his work at Brightstar, Simington was an attorney in private pract with prominent national and international law firms.

Earlier this week, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would be leaving the commission on Inauguration Day, January 20, opening up another seat on the commission.

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