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President Biden names Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC chair

Rosenworcel is known for supporting net neutrality and increased broadband access.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel attends a FCC Net Neutrality hearing in Washington February 26, 2015. The FCC is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS)
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Karissa Bell
Karissa Bell|@karissabe|January 21, 2021 4:12 PM

President Joe Biden has named a new chair to head up the Federal Communications Commission. Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC’s leading Democrat, will serve as acting chairwoman, replacing Ajit Pai. Rosenworcel is known as defender of net neutrality policies, and as an advocate for closing the “homework gap,” a reference to students who lack high-speed internet at home. 

As acting chair, Rosenworcel will lead the FCC until the Senate confirms a permanent replacement. With Pai’s departure, there’s currently one spot open at the FCC for Biden to fill.

President Biden names Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC chair