Rockefeller Statement Following FCC Commissioners Vote

May 7, 2012

JDR Head ShotWASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm key Federal Communications Commission (FCC) nominations:

“I am elated that the Senate has confirmed two qualified and intelligent FCC Commissioners and that the FCC will resume full operations,” said Chairman Rockefeller.  “Jessica Rosenworcel has spent nearly fifteen years working on communications issues, and I believe there is no better-qualified person for this position.  Her understanding of complex communications policy is unparalleled and will be a major asset to the Commission.  She will bring her meticulous and professional mindset that we have enjoyed here at the Commerce Committee to the FCC as an effective and sharp Commissioner. I am going to miss her terribly on the Commerce Committee.”

“Ajit Pai has experience in both the private and public sectors and brings a deep understanding of the communications challenges in rural America to his new role as FCC Commissioner.”

“While this confirmation process was not easy, I am confident that Jessica and Ajit are ready to step into what I feel is one of the most difficult jobs in Washington.  Both are devoted public servants with experience at the FCC, Congress, and the private sector, which allows them unmatched expertise on communications policy and the impact it has on everyday life in our country. I also want to thank Leaders Reid and McConnell for their efforts to move these nominations forward.”

“I look forward to working with Jessica and Ajit as FCC Commissioners on closing the digital divide that exists in our country and bringing much-needed, expanded access to all Americans, including rural Americans who currently are underserved.”