On Monday afternoon, a most unusual occurrence transpired. President Trump withdrew the nomination of Michael O’Rielly to a second five-year term as a Commissioner at the FCC.
While no specific reason was stated in the notice from the White House, it is largely believed that the withdrawal of O’Rielly’s nomination is tied to his decision to approve an application from Ligado to facilitate 5G and “Internet of Things” services.
But, it appears comments on social media the Fairness Doctrine made July 29 during a virtual luncheon address are also at play.
As Washington tries to understand the why behind the renomination withdrawal, media industry executives are asking what happens next for O’Rielly. There’s no easy answer.
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