Senate Approves Simington’s Nomination to FCC
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 | Comments

The U.S. Senate approved the nomination of Nathan Simington to the FCC. FCC will take the seat previously held by Michael O’Rielly.

President Donald Trump nominated Simington to the role in September. Trump originally renominated O’Rielly to the position, but later rescinded the nomination. At the time, reports suggested that the nomination was rescinded because O’Rielly wouldn’t back Trump’s efforts to regulate social media.

“I congratulate Nathan on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate and look forward to welcoming to welcoming him to the commission,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve at the FCC, and I am confident that Nathan too will enjoy the challenges and rewards of the job. Nathan was raised in a rural community, and his confirmation ensures that this important perspective will continue to be represented on the commission for years to come as the FCC continues its work on bridging the digital divide.”

Pai has said he plans to leave the commission on January 20, Inauguration Day for President-Elect Joe Biden. Current FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been mentioned as potential replacement for Pai.

“I congratulate Nathan Simington on his confirmation,” Rosenworcel said. “I welcome to the Federal Communications Commission. Serving the American people is a great honor. I look forward to working with him as we take on our nation’s most pressing digital age communications challenges.”

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 practice with prominent national and international law firms.

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