The cable industry responded warmly to Donald Trump’s announcement today that he would nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to return as FCC commissioner.
“Jessica Rosenworcel has been a champion of connecting our classrooms and libraries and closing the homework gap for students who don’t have broadband at home,” said David L. Cohen, senior executive VP and chief diversity officer, for Comcast, in a statement. “She has been a leader on promoting a balanced spectrum policy for licensed and unlicensed uses, and so many other important issues that will benefit from her extensive public service experience. We commend this nomination by President Trump and look forward to continuing to work with her on the Commission.”
“NTCA, our membership and myself personally, congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on being renominated to the FCC,” added the cable industry’s leading lobbying group. “In her initial tenure at the FCC and during her distinguished career as a key congressional and FCC staffer, she was a leader for the technology industry and a champion for consumers. She knows firsthand the importance of broadband to bring advancements in healthcare, education, public safety and economic development to rural America. We are pleased for the opportunity to work with her again once she is confirmed and to pursue our shared interests in ensuring sustainable and affordable broadband access for all Americans.”
Added the American Cable Association: ”ACA praises President Trump for announcing his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel to a new term at the Federal Communications Commission. Her experience in communications law and regulation and her diligence in working through the issues are truly impressive. ACA looks forward to working with Commissioner Rosenworcel at this critical time in the quest to ensure that all Americans have access to affordable, high-performance broadband. Upon her official nomination, ACA encourages the Senate to confirm her quickly.”
Rosenworcel’s nomination is expected to easily clear the Senate.
Progressive groups were also supportive of the nomination.
“Few people have ever walked through the doors of the Federal Communications Commission with as much knowledge, experience, and good judgement as Jessica Rosenworcel,” said Michael Copps former FCC Commissioner and advisor for the group Common Cause. “I know from personal experience that she is among the most capable ever to hold the title of Commissioner, and her return to the Commission could not come at a more propitious time. With the Open Internet, media localism, and diversity all under threat, the public interest has never needed a public interest servant of her caliber so acutely. I urge Congress to confirm her with dispatch.”