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Trump plans to nominate Brendan Carr to fill final FCC seat and provide crucial vote on net neutrality rules

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)

President Trump intends to nominate Brendan Carr, a former aide to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, to fill the final open seat at the agency and provide a crucial vote on the future of tough net neutrality rules.

Carr, the FCC’s general counsel, would fill a Republican slot on the commission and would be expected to support Pai’s push to roll back the regulations for online traffic.

Carr’s intended nomination was announced by the White House on Wednesday night. It comes after Trump nominated Jessica Rosenworcel, a former FCC commissioner, on June 14 to fill a Democratic seat.

If the Senate confirms both nominees, as expected, the FCC would have its full complement of five commissioners and a 3-2 Republican majority.

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