FCC Chairwoman Rosenworcel: ‘We’ve Turned the Volume Down and Ramped Up the Activity’

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In her first National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show appearance since her designation as Federal Communications Commission Chair, Jessica Rosenworcel conceded that the introduction of a fifth commissioner would solve the agency’s current 2-to-2 political gridlock, but she’s not losing any sleep over it. “We’ve got to figure out how to work together, or we don’t get anything done,” she told NAB president and CEO Curtis LeGeyt. Whereas previous FCC administrations added to the cacophony of divisive political noise emanating from Washington (DC), Rosenworcel said that five months into her administration as the FCC’s first permanent female chair in its 87-year history, the group has simply been given too much to do by Congress to fight amongst itself. “We’ve turned down the volume and ramped up the activity,” Rosenworcel said, citing initiatives ranging from the CARES Act to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. “But yes,” she conceded, “I’m looking forward to the day when we have five commissioners." Asked by LeGeyt in the broad-reaching discussion about the topic of diversity, Rosenworcel conceded that her own pioneering position makes the issue a priority with her. She said the FCC is aggressively gathering data on the broadcast industry and noted it will be helpful for the NAB in achieving its diversity goals.

NAB Show: FCC’s Rosenworcel: ‘We’ve Turned the Volume Down and Ramped Up the Activity’