Benton Foundation Statement on Nomination of FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel

On May 20, 2015, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for a second term as commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission. The following may be attributed to Benton Foundation Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss:

The Federal Communications Commission is playing a crucial role in shaping our digital future. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel understands quickly-evolving technologies and has the vision to see how these changes will impact the traditional, American values of access, equity and diversity. In her time at the FCC, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has been a vocal advocate for harnessing telecommunications to build stronger schools, improve city services, and unleash more Americans' creative potential. This is critical to U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Commissioner Rosenworcel has also ensured our telecommunications policies honor public safety, universal access, competition and consumer protection. The Benton Foundation looks forward to continuing to work with Commissioner Rosenworcel on many issues and especially on the “the homework gap” in which households without broadband struggle to get their children the connectivity they need to do basic schoolwork.