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President Trump names GOP lawyer for FCC position

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Thursday morning began with President Donald Trump doing what he often does: making a statement that got the attention of millions, set Twitter alight and nearly broke the internet.

But, enough about what the president had to say about MSNBC “Morning Joe” show co-host Mika Brzezinski…We’re talking about something even more exciting that! And that’s President Trump’s plans to appoint Republican Brendan Carr to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission.

Carr, currently the FCC’s general counsel, will fill one of the open seats on the commission, and will give the GOP a 3-2 majority on the five-person board. In addition to Carr, who still needs to be confirmed by the Senate, the other Republicans on the commission are Michael O’Rielly and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Mignon Clyburn is currently the only Democrat on the commission, while Trump has nominated Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to fill the commission’s other open seat.

No more than three members of a political party are allowed to be on the commission at any one time.

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If Carr is confirmed, his appointment would make it easier for Pai to follow through on his attempt to roll back Obama administration-era policies on net neutrality. Carr is expected to support Pai, who has said the net neutrality policies are “burdensome” and hinder competition among internet service providers.

Photo: FCC Commissioner Ajit Paj speaks as Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, center, and then-FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, right, look on during a meeting of the commissioners May 15, 2014 at the FCC in Washington, D.C. President Trump has nominated Republican lawyer Brendan Carr to fill an open seat on the commission. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Tags: Ajit Pai, Donald Trump, fcc

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