WASHINGTON — As expected, President Donald Trump has signaled his intention to nominate Brendan Carr, longtime aide to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, to fill the open Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission.
Carr is being named to the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 13, 2018, and an additional term of five years expiring June 13, 2023.
Industry sources have indicated that the President essentially said the pick was Pai's to make.
Before he was named general counsel in the Pai FCC, Carr had served as the chairman's — then commissioner's — wireless, public safety and international legal advisor. Carr had been in the general counsel's office before that.
Like many a commissioner nominee before him, Carr's pre-FCC resume includes a stint as an attorney with Wiley Rein, the "Wiley" in which is former FCC Chairman Richard Wiley.
Carr is a graduate of the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law and got his undergraduate degree from Georgetown.
President Trump earlier nominated Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the commission to fill the seat she vacated when forced to exit at the end of last year.
“I congratulate Brendan Carr on the President’s announcement that he will be nominated to serve as an FCC Commissioner," said Pai June 28. "Brendan has a distinguished record of public service, having worked at the agency for over five years, including most recently as the FCC’s General Counsel. In particular, Brendan’s expertise on wireless policy and public safety will be a tremendous asset to the commission. I look forward to working with him in his new role and wish him all the best during the confirmation process.”
"NAB strongly endorses the nomination of Brendan Carr to the FCC," said National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith. "He has a firm grasp on telecom and media law and the right temperament to be a superb Commissioner. We support his swift confirmation."
A version of this article was originally posted on B&C.