Senate Confirms Carr, Starks


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The Senate late Wednesday confirmed Geoffrey Starks as an FCC Commissioner and Commissioner Brendan Carr for a full term. Starks fills the empty seat left by former Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai congratulated both. Starks is now an Assistant Chief in the Enforcement Bureau. Pai said during his confirmation hearing, he was excited to hear Starks, “highlight the need to expand rural broadband and the power of telemedicine. As for Carr, Pai said he’s, “done tremendous work on a number of issues, including his leadership on wireless infrastructure modernization.  He has also been a staunch advocate for rural broadband deployment, particularly for precision agriculture and advancements in telemedicine.”

Industry associations, too, congratulated both. “2019 is shaping up to be the year of 5G and NATE member companies will be in the spotlight deploying these next generation networks across the U.S.,” said National Association of Tower Erectors Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “With all of the critical issues related to 5G deployment, network resiliency, spectrum auctions, rural broadband, the accuracy of broadband coverage maps and public safety communications, it is critical that the FCC is back to its full complement of five Commissioners.” 

Wireless Infrastructure Association President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein said, “Carr has already made his mark at the Commission as the point person on broadband infrastructure policy among other notable accomplishments. He has a deep appreciation of the role wireless infrastructure plays in 5G deployment and is committed to maintaining America’s leadership in wireless investment and innovation.”    

Of Starks, Adelstein added he’s, “demonstrated a deep understanding of wireless infrastructure issues.” His experience and knowledge will be an asset as he begins his work at the FCC, according to the WIA executive.

CTIA President/CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker said Carr, “understands the importance of accelerating the deployment of next-generation networks to America’s economy and is a champion for innovation. We look forward to his continued leadership on smart policies that will position the U.S. to win the race to 5G.”

CTIA congratulated Starks as well. “We commend Commissioner Starks on this great step in his already distinguished career of public service,” said Attwell Baker. US Telecom President/CEO Jonathan Spalter praised Starks’ public service record and expertise in communications policy. “It will be great to partner with him in the months ahead to advance our shared goals of expanding broadband deployment, and stoking the engines of investment and innovation consumers deserve and our networks require,” said Spalter. Carr, he said, “has made a lasting mark on policies to bridge the digital divide and ensure our nation continues to lead in the deployment of next generation connectivity.”  Comments? Email Us.

January 3, 2019


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