House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent

House Democrats urge Biden to make his pick for acting FCC chair permanent
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More than 30 Democratic congresswomen sent a letter to the Biden administration Monday urging it to appoint acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica RosenworcelJessica Rosenworcel50 groups urge Biden to fill FCC opening to reinstate net neutrality rules Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles Biden needs to counter Russia and China to secure our digital future MORE on a permanent basis.

President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE appointed Rosenworcel, a Democrat, to lead the agency in an acting capacity in January.

If Biden were to agree, she would be the first woman to serve as permanent chair of the body that regulates communications across most mediums.


“[Rosenworcel] has spent years raising the important voices and unique needs of women that have been ignored for far too long in technology and telecommunications policy,” the 33 female lawmakers led by Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: Senate unanimously confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar | Scrutiny mounts on Microsoft's surveillance technology | Senators unveil bill to crack down on cyber criminals FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment Pharmaceutical industry donated to two-thirds of Congress ahead of 2020 elections: analysis MORE (D-Calif.) and Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDemocrats call on Blinken to set new sexual misconduct policies at State Department House lawmakers unveil bill to end ban on Postal Service shipments of alcohol Push to combat sexual assault in military reaches turning point MORE (D-Calif.) wrote.

“In her eight years as a Commissioner of the FCC, Jessica Rosenworcel has elevated the voices and needs of women.”

Rosenworcel headed her first open FCC meeting last week, when she announced the launch of a new task force dedicated to improving broadband mapping and data collection.

She has also pushed for the reinstatement of net neutrality and improved internet access for low-income communities in her time as a commissioner that began in 2012.

If Rosenworcel is ultimately nominated to head the commission on a permanent basis, the Biden administration will have an opportunity to pick another commissioner and establish a 3-2 partisan edge since Democrats command a razor-thin majority in the Senate.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the letter.