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Rosenworcel Passes First Hurdle to Second FCC Term

The Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee has voted to reappoint the Democratic commissioner

WASHINGTON�The Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee has voted to reappoint Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term on the Federal Communications Commitee.

At her nomination hearing on Oct. 28 in front of the Senate Commerce Committee, she answered questions ranging from broadcast incentive auctions to broadband deployment to FCC reform. Rosenworcel, who previously served as a senior communications counsel for that same committee, was sworn in as an FCC commissioner in 2012. President Obama nominated her for a second five-year term earlier this year.

Commissioner Michael O�Rielly was the first colleague to publicly applaud the reappointment. �I am pleased to see the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved and reported favorably to the U.S. Senate the nomination of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel,� he said. �While she is certainly a fierce advocate for her positions, we have been able to find common ground and work together on a number of issues, and I deeply respect her views, even when I occasionally disagree. I look forward to continuing to work with my friend in the future.�

Rosenworcel�s reappointment will now be considered by the full Senate. Her current term ended in June 2015, but she has authority to remain in her current role as commissioner until Dec. 31, 2016 while awaiting Senate confirmation for a second term.