The Federal Communications Commission has been represented by only three commissioners for several months now. That's about to change.
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed President Obama's nominations of Jessica Rocenworcel and Ajit Pai to serve as FCC commissioners. Rocenworcel and Pai are lawyers who have substantial experience working in government and previously held positions at the FCC.
Rocenworcel, a Democrat, and Pai, a Republican, will bring to five the total number of commissioners at the agency. The other commissioners include Robert McDowell, Republican, and two Democrats, Mignon Clyburn and Julius Genachowski, the Harvard Law School-educated chairman of the agency.
Rocenworcel used to work as senior legal advisor to Michael Copps, the former FCC commissioner who resigned effective Jan. 1. Last year, Meredith Attwell Baker left the agency to take a job with Comcast's NBCUniversal, leaving the first of two vacancies at the FCC.