Biden Nominates Rosenworcel as FCC Chairwoman, Sohn to the Commission
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Comments

President Joe Biden named Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to the chairwoman position moving forward and nominated Gigi Sohn for a vacant seat on the commission.

“I am deeply humbled to be designated as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” said Rosenworcel. “It is an honor to work with my colleagues on the commission and the agency’s talented staff to ensure that no matter who you are or where you live, everyone has the connections they need to live, work and learn in the digital age,” said Rosenworcel. “I also want to congratulate Gigi Sohn on her nomination to serve as a commissioner at the agency and Alan Davidson on his nomination to serve as assistant secretary for communications and information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.”

Rosenworcel was first nominated to the FCC by President Barack Obama in 2011 and confirmed to the commission in 20212. Biden named Rosenworcel acting FCC chairwoman after his inauguration when former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai resigned.

“I congratulate my friend and colleague Jessica Rosenworcel on her nomination and her designation as chairwoman of the FCC,” said FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks. “For many years, the commission and the American people have benefitted from Jessica’s tireless advocacy for bringing the benefits of broadband to all Americans, particularly our children. I am excited to collaborate on the important work ahead of our agency.”

Meanwhile, Biden nominated Sohn for a currently vacant commission seat. Sohn is a distinguished fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law and Policy and a Benton senior fellow and public advocate. From 2013 to 2016, Sohn was a counselor for then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Those nominations will now move onto the Senate for confirmation.

Biden also chose Alan Davidson to lead the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Davidson is the vice president of global policy, trust and security at the Mozilla Foundation. He previously was a public interest technology fellow at New America and served as the first director of digital economy at the U.S. Department of Commerce and as a senior advisor to the secretary of commerce.

“We welcome this group of crucial nominations that are important to the ICT sector,” said Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) CEO David Stehlin. “It’s a pivotal time for our industry, and we must work together to ensure a safe and secure path forward for ensuring trust in our nation’s digital infrastructure.”

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