For months, the name Gigi Sohn has been discussed across the Nation’s Capital — first as a potential Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair, and today as a nominee for a Democrat seat as a Commissioner.
Unlike acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who returned to the Commission after a brief exit after a new nomination by former President Trump, Sohn’s stance on key issues such as Title II broadband reclassification — a.k.a. “Net Neutrality — make her a polarizing choice by the Biden Administration.
Now, according to unnamed sources who spoke with Bloomberg, Rosenworcel and Sohn are set to get separate nomination hearings in the U.S. Senate — a sign that a 2-2 deadlock at the Commission is on course.
The FCC — What Now?
The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision allowing the FCC to adopt its media cross-ownership rule rewrite is months in the rearview mirror. Now, some are wondering if further deregulation for broadcast media is completely out of reach, given the Democratic leadership now at the Commission. Then, there is the contentious battle brewing in Congress over the fate of Gigi Sohn, the “Net Neutrality” advocate who Republicans will likely not support as a Democrat with the potential to undo many of the Pai Commission’s accomplishments. What’s to come in Washington matters to you, and Tuesday’s Forecast 2022 session focused on the FCC and Capitol Hill politics couldn’t be more timely.
Moderator: Frank Montero, Co-Managing Partner, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
Mark Fratrik, SVP/Chief Economist, BIA Advisory Services
Bob Mc Allan, CEO, Press Communication, LLC and PMCM TV, LLC
Justin Nielson, Senior Research Analyst/Broadcast Media, Kagan
Justin Sasso, President/CEO, Colorado Broadcasters Association
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