Nov 1, 2011

White House nominates two for FCC vacancies

President Obama has nominated Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel to serve on the Federal Communications Commission. "Filling one Republican vacancy and one Democratic vacancy-to-be won't change the balance of the commission," notes Broadcasting & Cable, "which will go from a 3-1 Democratic majority to a 3-2 majority." Rosenworcel, Senate Commerce senior communications counsel, and Pai, a former FCC adviser, had been considered the top candidates for seat left open by Republican Meredith Attwell Baker and the vacancy coming at the end of this year with the departure of Commissioner Michael Copps.

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