FCC’s Rosenworcel Proposes Redefining High-Speed Broadband

Taking a couple of pages from the Biden Administration’s parameters for some $65 billion in broadband deployment subsidies, FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed upping the FCC’s minimum definition of high-speed broadband availability and making “affordability, adoption, availability, and equitable access” part of that definition. Rosenworcel put that high-speed stake in the ground Friday, circulating a notice of inquiry launching its annual state of broadband review.


FCC’s Rosenworcel: ‘We’ve Turned The Volume Down And Ramped Up The Activity’

In her first NAB Show appearance since her designation as FCC chair, Jessica Rosenworcel conceded that the introduction of a fifth commissioner would solve the agency’s current 2-to-2 political gridlock, but she’s not losing any sleep over it.

FCC’s Rosenworcel To Hold Fireside Chat At NAB Show

The chairwoman and NAB CEO Curtis LeGeyt will appear on the gathering’s main stage in Las Vegas on April 25.

FCC Chair Rosenworcel Announces Staff Changes

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel today announced additions to her leadership team. As of mid-April, Narda Jones will return to the FCC and assume the role of chief of staff.  Effective today, Priscilla Delgado Argeris will serve as chief legal adviser. Rosenworcel said: “At a time when Congress has tasked the FCC with so many responsibilities, […]

All 4 Members Of FCC To Speak At Virtual Public Media Summit

FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces Key Staff Changes

She appoints chiefs for Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Media Bureau, Public Safety Bureau, Enforcement Bureau and General Counsel.

Sen. Wicker Seeks Better NTIA-FCC Cooperation

The ranking member on the powerful Senate Commerce Committee wants the relationship between new FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel and new NTIA head Alan Davidson to start out on the right foot. In a letter to both, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), called on the FCC and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration to work together to better coordinate spectrum policy.

Jessica Rosenworcel Pledges Cooperation With New NTIA Chief

Rosenworcel Opposes Calls To Use FCC To Remove Fox News, Newsmax, Others

FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel made it clear to Republican lawmakers before her successful confirmation vote (68-31) earlier this month to a new, five-year term that she did not support efforts by “some liberal organizations” to remove conservative cable channels from their lineups or for the agency to use its license revocation power on broadcasters. That assertion came in written answers to questions submitted after her confirmation hearing last month.

DC Applauds Chairwoman Rosenworcel Confirmation To FCC

Washington was quick to weigh in after the Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to a new five-year term on the commission.

Senate Confirms Rosenworcel To Lead The FCC

Today, Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm Jessica Rosenworcel’s re-appointment to the Federal Communications Commission, putting her in place to be the first official chair of the agency under President Biden. Rosenworcel will also be the first female chair in the 86-year history of the FCC.

Senate To Vote On Rosenworcel Nomination

The Senate voted Monday to invoke cloture and proceed to a vote on a new, five-year term for acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. The final confirmation vote could come as early as today.

Senate Committee Advances Rosenworcel Nomination

Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel was approved by the Senate Commerce Committee today for a new, five-year term. Now, only full-Senate confirmation is left before she becomes the regulator‘s first non-acting woman chair.

FCC’s Rosenworcel: OTT Will Factor Into Independent Programmer Access Review

Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said Thursday (Nov. 18) that her planned refresh of the record on independent content providers’ access to distribution platforms will need to include over-the-top video.

FCC’s Rosenworcel Navigates Issue-Heavy Nomination Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee vetted the renomination of acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel for a new, five-year term today (Nov. 17) and nary was heard a discouraging word. If confirmed, President Joe Biden has signaled he will designate her permanent chairman, the first woman to hold that post. (Mignon Clyburn was the first woman to be acting chair.)

Senate Commerce Schedules Jessica Rosenworcel Nomination Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a Nov. 17 nomination hearing for Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. She must be vetted and voted in before the end of the year or she would have to leave the commission since her term has already expired. But not on that hearing schedule is President Biden’s other nominee to the FCC, Gigi Sohn.

Biden FCC Picks To Get Separate Hearings After Criticism Of Sohn

The Senate Commerce Committee plans to consider President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the FCC next week but hold off consideration of his choice for a fifth commissioner who has drawn Republican criticism. The committee will hold a hearing on Jessica Rosenworcel’s nomination for a full term as chairwoman of the FCC on Nov. 17, according to a person briefed on the matter. A hearing is expected several weeks later for Gigi Sohn, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the procedure hasn’t been made public.

Biden Picks His Broadband Vanguard At FCC And Commerce Department

D.C. Weighs In On Biden FCC Picks

A city that has been looking, previously in vain, for a permanent Federal Communications Commission chair and third commissioner to bring the agency to a full complement, weighed in Tuesday following President Joe Biden‘s renomination of acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel — taking the “acting” from in front of her name — and tapping veteran progressive policy shaper Gigi Sohn to the third seat.

Biden Nominates Rosenworcel To Lead FCC

The White House, in a bid to avert a Republican majority over the regulator, also tapped former FCC official Gigi Sohn as a commissioner.

White House To Name Rosenworcel As FCC’s First Female Leader

Jessica Rosenworcel, the acting chairwoman of the powerful regulator, campaigned vigorously for a permanent appointment. If she is confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would lead an agency whose responsibilities include ensuring that millions of Americans have internet access.

D.C. On The Lookout For FCC Nominations

D.C. insiders are on the lookout for FCC nominations after Sen. Maria Cantwell (above) reportedly said last week that she was expecting them to come from the White House.

FCC Head Rosenworcel On Way Out Because She’s Not Liberal Enough For Biden

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is not expected to be nominated by President Joe Biden to serve in the role on a permanent basis, people familiar with the matter said, because she is not liberal enough for the administration. Liberals say that by failing to choose a full-time chairman to the agency, Biden has signaled that the commission is not important to his agenda, while agency-related issues important to Democrats continue to linger, such as restoring net neutrality rules, increasing internet price transparency, scrutinizing major telecommunications mergers, and improving competition among internet providers.

Music, Education Groups Urge Biden To Nominate Rosenworcel To FCC Chair

A host of groups have been pressing President Joe Biden to finally name a chair of the FCC, specifically to take the “acting” from in front of the title of Jessica Rosenworcel, currently heading the agency on a temporary basis. It is not unusual for there to be an acting chair during the changeover in administrations, but Rosenworcel‘s almost nine months is pushing the outside of the envelope in terms of precedent for acting chair tenures.

Lack Of Biden FCC Picks Is Frustrating Democrats

President Biden has yet to nominate anyone to fill a vacant seat at the FCC. What’s more, the term of current acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is set to expire when Congress adjourns at the end of the year. It adds up to a possible Republican majority on the commission under a Democratic administration, which could stymie the party’s efforts on a number of policies, including net neutrality standards.

Senators Urge Biden To Make Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair

A group of over two dozen U.S. Senators are urging President Biden to designate acting FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel to a permanent position, making her the first woman to hold the office. The chairmanship of the commission has been in limbo since Biden was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2021, with Rosenworcel operating in acting capacity.

Blair Levin: FCC Composition ‘Murkier Than Ever’

Few probably would have guessed that the industry would still be waiting around in late July for the Biden Administration to name a permanent FCC chair, but that’s where things stand. New Street Research public policy analyst Blair Levin recently said: “While interim Chair [Jessica] Rosenworcel continues to have significant Senate support, her inability to obtain the nomination after more than six months suggests to us that there is some internal White House opposition. But there is no clear front-runner for replacing her.”

Talking TV | FCC Unknowns In A Too-Quiet Summer

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the uncertainty lingering at the FCC, where Acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel may be facing contention for the permanent job and a fifth commissioner has yet to be appointed.

Finding A Permanent FCC Chair Remains A Big X Factor For President Biden

The head-scratching inside the Beltway continues as the wait for a fifth Democratic Federal Communications Commission member — and for whoever is to be named the agency’s permanent chair — continues. Initial delays were thought to involve a decision between acting chair Jessica Rosenworcel and current commissioner Geoffrey Starks. But the name of broadband backer and one-time Public Knowledge head Gigi Sohn has surfaced as a new possible alternative — and one for whom the buzz had been growing


The Insanity Of Political Advertising Rules

There’s a welcome place for reasonable regulation of political ads, but the current rules are so cumbersome and fraught with traps that even the most minor mistakes invite ready fines and embarrassment. Hopefully, acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel’s forthcoming changes will address that, but there’s reason for skepticism.

FCC’s Rosenworcel Tees Up Political Rule Changes

Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is going to propose some changes to the agency’s political programming rules, she signaled in a blog post Wednesday (July 14). She did not say what the changes will be, but she will need Republican buy-in. She likely has it because she has scheduled a vote on the item for the August meeting and would be unlikely to schedule a vote in a 2-2 commission on something that could not pass.

Rosenworcel: Net Neutrality Rules Should Become Law

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel would not comment on the degree to which the president’s failure to name a third Democratic commissioner has prevented it from taking action on some big issues — like restoring network neutrality rules — but she suggested the agency has been hard at work on other things and was still supportive of making net neutrality rules the law of the land, however that is achieved.

Unions Endorse Rosenworcel For FCC Chair

A number of unions have called on President Biden to name acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel to the permanent position, saying the commission is understaffed and has a lot of work to do that needs a full commission and a full-time chair. That came in a letter to the president citing her accomplishments and suggesting that there should be no further delay in naming a chair — and a third Democratic commissioner — given the big issues on the FCC’s plate.

Rosenworcel Asks Broadcasters To Promote Broadband

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel wants broadcasters to promote their over-the-top (broadband) competition, but in a good cause. In an OTT video speech to the National Association of Broadcasters virtual State Leadership Conference this week, Rosenworcel praised broadcasters as vital first informers, including providing key help for small businesses, encouraging vaccinations, and other pandemic-related help, then hit them up for a public interest favor.

Rosenworcel: FCC Lacks Jurisdiction Over Hulu, Sinclair Dispute

Acting FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel told a troubled senator that the FCC does not have the authority to get involved in the carriage dispute between a broadcaster and streaming service, in this case Disney’s Hulu Plus Live TV streaming service and Sinclair, over access to the latter’s regional sports networks. That came in a letter responding to Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who asked the FCC to help facilitate a resolution of the dispute “promptly and impartially.”

Rosenworcel: Action Unlikely On Sec. 230 Petition

Acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel didn’t make any big news at her first post-meeting press conference Wednesday, but she did confirm that she is still a fan of net neutrality rules and no fan of the Trump Administration petition to the FCC to regulate social media using Sec. 230.

Rosenworcel Salutes 1996 Telecom Act

Acting Democratic FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel released a video today celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the 1996 Telecommunications Act featuring a virtual gathering some of the major players in that landmark legislation, with a heavy emphasis on the Democrats instrumental in its passage and implementation.

Acting FCC Chair Rosenworcel Staffs Up

Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has assembled her team after getting the nod for the interim (at least) post last week. She had been widely expected to get the acting chair post so there was plenty of time to ponder the acting staff she has lined up.

Biden’s FCC, FTC Choices Signal Major Shift

President Biden on Thursday appointed Rebecca Kelly Slaughter acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission and Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. The two appointments reflect the tectonic political shift underway in Washington as Democrats, newly in charge of the White House and Congress, prepare to roll back a slew of deregulatory actions implemented under President Donald Trump.

Rosenworcel Named Acting FCC Chair

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is tapped by President Biden to lead the agency.