Senate Confirms Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai To FCC
May 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM (PT)
After months of delays occasioned by a hold placed on the confirmation of Democrat JESSICA ROSENWORCEL and Republican AJIT PAI to the FCC, the Senate finally confirmed the pair to join the Commission, bringing the panel to full-strength.
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, "I want to congratulate AJIT PAI and JESSICA ROSENWORCEL on their Senate confirmation and welcome them to the Commission. They bring deep knowledge of our sector, and proven track records of accomplishment. President OBAMA made an outstanding choice in their nominations, and I look forward to working with them."
Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL said, "I extend my heartfelt congratulations to JESSICA ROSENWORCEL and AJIT PAI on their confirmations as commissioners of the FCC by the U.S. Senate. Their experience and credentials will be an asset to the Commission.
"Now that we have a full five member FCC, I look forward to all of us rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on several important matters facing the Commission for the benefit of American consumers, including but certainly not limited to: implementation of the new incentive auction legislation, finally putting the power of unlicensed use of the TV 'White Spaces' into consumers' hands, adopting sensible universal service contribution reform, modernizing our media ownership rules to reflect the competitive marketplace of the Digital Age, important transactions requiring expeditious review, and much, much more.
Having worked with JESSICA and AJIT here at the Commission, I know that they are very talented and knowledgeable public servants who will be able to hit the ground running. I look forward to working with them on some of the most interesting and important public policy matters facing AMERICA."
NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH congratulated ROSENWORCEL and PAI, saying that the duo "are well-respected public servants who bring years of expertise and a unique perspective to the FCC. We look forward to working with them and engaging in an open and constructive dialog on the issues affecting broadcasting."
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION Pres./CEO GARY SHAPIRO said, "We applaud the Senate on the approvals of JESSICA ROSENWORCEL and AJIT PAI to serve as FCC Commissioners. Ms. ROSENWORCEL and Mr. PAI each have a deep understanding of technology policy and will be excellent FCC commissioners. We look forward to working with both of these distinguished individuals to restore our nation's economy by advancing sound communications policies that promote technological innovation."