South Carolina Department of Corrections' director, Bryan Stirling, right, shows hundreds of cellphones seized in a single raid to FCC official Matthew Berry, left, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, center left, and FCC general counsel Brendan Carr, center right, in this 2016 photo.
Cable trade groups were in agreement on President Donald Trump's choice of FCC general counsel Brendan Carr for the open Republican seat on the FCC.
"I congratulate Brendan Carr on the president's announcement that he will be nominated to serve as an FCC commissioner", said Pai late Wednesday.
Carr, a longtime member of Washington's communication bar, is now the FCC general counsel.
The news comes two weeks after Trump nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to return as an FCC commissioner after having served on the panel from 2012 until January 2017. Mignon Clyburn is now the only Democrat on the commission, while Trump has nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the commission's other open seat.
"Brendan has a distinguished record of public service", Pai said in the statement provided to EdScoop. His commitment to public service and a wide range of expertise, especially in the areas of wireless technology and spectrum policy, make him the ideal choice. "NTCA and our membership look forward to working with Brendan once he's confirmed to continue advancing our nation's broadband goals".
The appointment of Carr would give FCC Chairman Ajit Pai another reliable ally in executing his deregulatory agenda.
Carr was previously a telecom lawyer at the conservative-leaning Washington, D.C. law firm Wiley Rein, where he represented major companies such as AT&T and Verizon.
She spent much of her a year ago on the commission championing the cause of closing the "homework gap" faced by students who lack the home internet service necessary to complete online assignments. Rosenworcel had been a commissioner until her term ended in 2016.
In May, the FCC's two Republican commissioners, Pai and O'Rielly, voted to propose a review of the current net neutrality rules, with the goal of rolling back rules that the industry finds "burdensome".