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FCC swears in 2 new commissioners

Republican Brendan Carr and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel were sworn in to the Federal Communications Commission on Aug. 11, filling two long-vacant seats on the agency's five-member governing body.

"I'm pleased that the Commission is once again at full capacity. [Carr and Rosenworcel] will be valuable assets to the FCC, and I look forward to collaborating with them to close the digital divide, promote innovation, protect consumers, and improve the agency’s operations," Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement announcing the swearing in of the two.

President Donald Trump's FCC nominees were confirmed by the Senate earlier this month. Carr is a long-time FCC staffer who previously served as the agency's general counsel. Prior to that, he was Pai's wireless, public safety and international legal adviser.

"Whether it is promoting broadband deployment, maintaining the United States' leadership in wireless, or advancing public safety, I look forward to hitting the ground running and working with my colleagues at the Commission to serve the public interest," Carr said in a statement.

Rosenworcel previously served as an FCC commissioner between 2012 and 2017. She departed the commission at the beginning of 2017 after the Senate failed to confirm her following the nomination for a second term by former President Barack Obama.