UPDATE More kudos rolled in Thursday on the Senate confirmation of Geoffrey Starks as an FCC Commissioner and Brendan Carr to a full five-year term before the 115th Congress adjourned. NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith called Starks and Carr, “two dedicated public servants with a firm grasp on telecommunications policy that will serve the American people well.” The NAB is pleased the FCC now has its full five member complement, he added.
Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, said both men have, “deep experience in telecom policy issues that can help tackle thorny challenges and identify innovative, practical solutions as we strive for a more connected nation.”
Commissioner Carr in particular, she said, has demonstrated a willingness to roll up his sleeves and examine issues thoroughly through field visits and conversations with all kinds of stakeholders. She also cited Commissioner Starks’ “long-standing commitment to public service” and “his family’s own connections to rural America and telemedicine applications” that will suit him well in his new role.
Competitive Carriers Association President/CEO Steve Berry noted that Carr has done, “yeoman’s work on improving infrastructure policies,” and his work to improve the deployment process, “will greatly benefit competitive carriers, and more importantly, consumers, especially those in rural America.” Berry also praised Starks’ experience and recognition of the need for more spectrum and modernized siting policies. Comments? Email Us.
January 4, 2019