After months in confirmation limbo, FCC nominees Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai have been given the nod by the Senate. Via Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton:
Both Rosenworcel and Pai had been reported favorably out of the Senate Commerce Committee Dec. 8, 2011, but a full Senate vote was blocked by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) over an issue unrelated to their nominations—the FCC’s LightSquared waiver.
With Grassley’s hold lifted two weeks ago, it freed up the nominations for the vote, which, as expected, was a big thumbs up.
They will face some big decisions early on, including media ownership rule review, the definition of multichannel video provider and the framework for spectrum incentive auctions.
Rosenworcel and Pai will be sworn in by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski sometime this week.