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Jessica Rosenworcel Appointed FCC Acting Chair

President Joe Biden has appointed Jessica Rosenworcel as acting Federal Communications Commission chair until the Senate confirms a nominee for the permanent agency chairman position, The Verge reported Thursday.

Rosenworcel was first nominated to the FCC under the Obama administration and served on the commission from May 2012 to January 2017. She was later confirmed for an additional term in August 2017 and currently serves as the agency’s most senior Democratic commissioner.

“I am honored to be designated as the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission by President Biden,” Rosenworcel said. “I thank the President for the opportunity to lead an agency with such a vital mission and talented staff.”

With FCC, Rosenworcel promotes greater opportunity, accessibility and affordability in communications services. She has advocated for strong communications markets to foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity and enrich civic life.

Before she joined FCC, Rosenworcel served as senior communications council for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stepped down on Wednesday after announcing his plan to retire from the agency late last year. In his departing remarks, Pai said: “Serving the American people as Chairman of the FCC has been the greatest honor of my professional life.”

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