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Senate panel approves Dem nominee for FCC

Greg Nash

The Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved Geoffrey Starks, a Democratic nominee for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), sending his nomination to the full Senate.

Starks, a current official in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, would replace Mignon Clyburn, another Democrat who served nearly a decade at the commission. The Senate panel approved him in a unanimous voice vote.

Prior to joining the FCC in 2015, Starks was a senior counsel to former Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole during the Obama administration.

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If he is confirmed by the full Senate as expected, Starks will join Jessica Rosenworcel as the only Democrats on the five-member commission.

He’ll be joining the FCC at a time when the Republican majority has been rolling back major regulations on the broadcasting and telecom industries. The FCC moved in December to scrap its landmark net neutrality rules in a party-line vote.

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