The positions are the subject of much speculation in the nation’s capital because the FCC is well under way with its work to scrap the government’s net neutrality rules, put in place under the watch of former President Barack Obama, and rethink the country’s media ownership laws.
Carr, for his part, is currently the general counsel to Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. If elevated to commissioner, Carr could become a major, new legal ally to his soon-to-be-former boss.
Before arriving at the FCC as an attorney in 2012, he worked as a lawyer at the D.C. law firm Wiley Rein and represented telecom companies like AT&T, Verizon and two of their main trade associations, USTelecom and the wireless-focused lobbying group, CTIA.
Rosenworcel, meanwhile, could soon return to an agency she knows well. The Democrat served as a commissioner at the FCC under former President Barack Obama beginning in 2012, and Rosenworcel only left the agency at the end of last year because the Senate ran out of time to extend her term.
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