Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is likely one of the members of President-elect Joe Biden’s FCC Assessment Staff, which was introduced on Monday.
The team shall be led by John Williams, whose LinkedIn profile lists his present place as senior counsel and parliamentarian on the U.S. Home Judiciary Committee. He beforehand served as senior counsel and senior company official for privateness on the FCC.
Different members of the group embody Edward “Smitty” Smith II, a former aide to Chairman Tom Wheeler who at present is a managing companion of the Washington, D.C., legislation agency DLA Piper. Smith additionally beforehand labored for the Nationwide Telecommunications and Info Administration (NTIA) and ran for the D.C. legal professional common place in 2014.
Additionally on the group is Paul de Sa, a former FCC workers member who now works with Quadra Companions, a telecom consulting agency. Whereas on the FCC, he served two phrases, from 2009-2012 and 2016-2017, serving as chief of the Workplace of Strategic Planning, with a concentrate on merger evaluations, spectrum coverage and broadband.
It’s unknown who would be the subsequent chair of the Democratic-led fee, the vast majority of which follows the celebration of whoever is the present sitting president. Clyburn has been seen as a number one candidate for the job, however it’s not clear if she desires it. She served on the fee throughout President Barack Obama’s administration and was designated as performing chairwoman for a number of months in 2013 earlier than Wheeler took over.
The transition group for the FCC was noticeably absent from an inventory of company assessment groups launched by the Biden/Vice President-elect Kamala Harris collective final week.
In a report for buyers over the weekend, New Avenue Analysis analysts mentioned the delay doubtless was not, as some believed, brought on by an ideological break up about who ought to be on the group. Like the opposite Biden groups, the FCC group consists of skilled professionals, lots of whom served in earlier Democratic administrations.
“We expect it represented an issue brought on by the GSA not signing the standard letter signaling the beginning of the transition,” wrote analyst Blair Levin. “There are in all probability group members who’re present authorities staff and as such, they can’t be detailed to the transition till the GSA acknowledges the transition as a authorized authorities entity.”
Levin adopted that up with a be aware on Monday saying the appointment of Williams appeared to substantiate that view. “Extra importantly for buyers, the appointment of the group reinforces our view that the Biden coverage effort will largely be in step with the insurance policies of the Obama/Biden period, however with an elevated emphasis about addressing the digital divide points made extra pressing by COVID,” Levin wrote.
President Donald Trump’s nominee to exchange outgoing Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, Nathan Simington, testified throughout a Senate Commerce committee nominations listening to final week. Politico reported that though the Senate Commerce committee is holding a markup of telecom payments on Wednesday, November 18, Simington’s nomination just isn’t on the agenda.
Each of the Democratic commissioners at present on the fee, Jessica Rosenworcel and Geoffrey Starks, issued statements final week calling for a pause in controversial exercise through the transition. Starks famous that it’s long-standing fee apply that, upon a presidential transition, the company suspends its consideration of any partisan, controversial objects till the transition interval is full.