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Federal Communications Commission in the Biden Administration: Issues and New Directions [Updated January 21, 2021]   [open pdf - 436KB]

From the Introduction: "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the new Biden Administration may take different positions on several key topics than the FCC under the Trump Administration, including Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Section 230), net neutrality, and 5G [fifth generation technology]. The recent confirmation of then-President Donald Trump's nominee to join the FCC, Nathan Simington, and Chairman Ajit Pai's resignation on Inauguration Day has left the agency with a 2-2 split between Democratic and Republican commissioners. The FCC typically has five members, with two commissioners and a chairperson from the President's party. Democrats have effectively taken control of the Senate majority and can be expected to confirm President Joe Biden's nominee for chairperson. On January 21, 2021, President Biden appointed current commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairperson and she is seen as a possible nominee for the position."

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CRS In Focus, IF11720
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2021-01-21
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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