President Biden names Jessica Rosenworcel acting FCC chair

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

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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.