More than three dozen senators, led by her former boss, have
asked the president to "seriously" consider naming Jessica Rosenworcel as the
next chair of the FCC.
In a letter dated March 22, the legislators point out that
as a sitting commissioner she could be quickly installed as the first woman
"By choosing a sitting commissioner that has established
bipartisan Senate support, you can quickly install a proven leader at this
important agency," they wrote. "That is particularly critical with the FCC in
the middle of several significant rule makings and other initiatives."
That prominently includes the incentive auctions to reclaim
spectrum from broadcasters, as well as the reform of the Universal Service
Fund, media ownership rule review and the FCC's court defense of network
"[Rosenworcel] understands that in the digital age, the FCC
must promote confidence for private investment in our communications
infrastructure, while promoting confidence for consumers to realize the full
potential and opportunity of the digital world," they said.
Leading the signatories was Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.),
Rosenworcel's former boss and chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, as well
as Mark Pryor, Bill Nelson, Jeanne Shaheen and a veritable host of others.