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Carr and Starks Are Renominated to the Commission

Biden administration hopes to get back to a full FCC

Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks have been renominated for new terms on the Federal Communications Commission.

The announcement from the White House Monday came in tandem with the news that Anna Gomez had been nominated to the open Democratic seat.

Carr, a Republican, said in a statement, “I want to express my thanks and appreciation to President Biden for renominating me and to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his recommendation. … If reconfirmed, I would welcome the chance to continue working with my FCC colleagues and the agency’s talented staff on policies that will promote public safety, protect consumers and encourage the build out and adoption of secure, high-speed networks.”

A former FCC general counsel, Carr has been on the commission since 2017.

Starks, a Democrat and former assistant chief of the Enforcement Bureau, said, “Sitting on the Federal Communications Commission has been the privilege of my career, and I look forward to continuing to serve the American people if reconfirmed.” He has been on the commission since 2019.

The two also exchanged kind words in their statements. Starks called Carr “a committed public servant with extensive knowledge of the communications sector and the challenging policy matters we confront every day at the FCC.” Carr said,  “The American public has benefited greatly from Commissioner Starks’ leadership at the agency — from his work to end the digital divide to his national security initiatives.”

If the three nominations pass the Senate, the FCC will have a full complement of commissioners for the first time since early 2021.

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