Commissioners Revved Up Over Carr


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Mignon Cyburn and Michael O’Rielly each had something to say about President Trump’s late Wednesday evening announcement that he intends to nominate Brendan Carr as a Republican FCC Commissioner.

In individually released statements on Thursday, each of the FCC’s top leaders spoke positively of Carr, and welcomed his all-but-certain arrival.

Pai congratulated Carr by noting his “distinguished record of public service,” having worked
at the agency for over five years, including most recently as the FCC’s General Counsel.

“In particular, Brendan’s expertise on wireless policy and public safety will be a tremendous asset to the Commission,” Pai said. “I look forward to working with him in his new role and wish him all the best during the confirmation process.”

O’Reilly congratulated Carr by saying, “Carr will be an added voice at the Commission in efforts to reduce senseless regulations and install sound policymaking. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity, pending consideration of the nomination by the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, Democratic Commissioner Clyburn applauded the pending nomination of Carr by noting that he is “well respected on both sides of the aisle and has demonstrated a deep knowledge of the legal and policy issues facing the communications sector, both as an advisor to then-Commissioner Pai and now, as General Counsel of the agency. Brendan is a great asset to the Commission and I wish him a successful Senate confirmation.”