Biden’s internet promises in limbo amid long battle over FCC nominee

Biden’s Internet Promises In Limbo Amid Long Battle Over Fcc Nominee - Zgbejeszj4I6Za4Wkvjl55K4Hq

The nation’s telecommunications regulator has been without a Democratic majority for the entirety of President Biden’s 21-month tenure, hamstringing efforts to restore open internet protections and close the digital divide.

Breaking the deadlock at the Federal Communications Commission hinges on confirming Gigi Sohn, a longtime public interest advocate and former Democratic FCC official who was first nominated by the White House nearly a year ago. As the midterm elections approach and Democrats’ ability to retain their narrow control of the Senate remains uncertain, Sohn’s supporters are warning Congress that the clock is ticking to lock in a majority at the agency.

On Friday, about 250 industry and public interest groups wrote a letter to top Senate leaders calling for a vote on Sohn’s nomination before Congress adjourns at the end of the year.

“The FCC needs a full commission as it begins to deliberate on upcoming critical decisions that will have profound impacts on the…

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This article was written by Cat Zakrzewski and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com