On December 7, 2021, the United States Senate confirmed Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s nomination to another term serving on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She is the first female to permanently chair the agency. Following her confirmation, Chairwoman Rosenworcel released a statement, saying:
“It is a tremendous honor to be confirmed and designated as the first permanent Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. I would like to thank President Biden for the opportunity. People across the country count on the FCC to support the connections they need for work, learning, healthcare, and access to the information we require to make decisions about our lives, our communities, and our country. I look forward to working with the Administration, my colleagues on the Commission and FCC staff, members of Congress, and the public to make the promise of modern communications a reality for everyone, everywhere.”
Rosenworcel has been deeply involved in matters involving the E-rate program, the Emergency Connectivity Fund, and other matters related to the “Homework Gap” – a term that she helped coin. “This is an historic day for our nation,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “Chairwoman Rosenworcel is a stalwart advocate in the fight to close the digital divide, and I believe that she will strive to bring every American into today’s digital ecosystem.”
Chairwoman Rosenworcel was first nominated to the FCC by President Obama, and, again later, by President Trump. Commissioner Carr and Commissioner Simington released statements congratulating Rosenworcel on her new five-year term.
Chairwoman Rosenworcel’s statement can be viewed here