Senate Commerce Committee approves FCC nominees

Tests earlier this year revealed LightSquared's network interferes with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices, and FCC officials have said they will not grant final approval to the company until it resolves the interference problems. But Grassley is suspicious that the agency has shown LightSquared undue favoritism.  

"I’m confident we can address any concerns about the nominees quickly so we can clear the way for full Senate confirmation,” Chairman Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerLobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner Overnight Tech: Senate panel to vote on Dem FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) said in a news release after the vote.

The committee also approved on Thursday the president's nominees to the Federal Trade Commission, Jon Leibowitz and Maureen Ohlhausen. Leibowitz currently serves as the chairman of the commission.