President Joe Biden has appointed Jessica Rosenworcel as the Acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), replacing outgoing chairman under the Trump administration, Ajit Pai. Rosenworcel will lead the agency until an official chair is confirmed.
Rosenworcel is a familiar face with the FCC, having previously served as a staff member in the early 2000’s, and a commissioner for the past eight years. Between roles at the FCC, Rosenworcel served as a Senior Communications Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
The direction of rulemaking at the FCC is expected to change along with the composition of leadership. Some important and hotly contested issues likely to get early consideration include net neutrality, increased broadband, and E-Rate, which is a funding program designed to increase internet access for schools and libraries.
With the departure of Chairman Pai, the commission now sits at a 2-2 split between Democrats and Republicans. It is not clear who Biden will appoint to create a Democratic majority and whether that person will also be appointed as chair once confirmed.