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FCC Veterans See Softer Hill Shift on FCC Oversight if GOP Gains Narrow Majority
The electoral battle for control of Congress remained unresolved Thursday, but former FCC officials agree with other communications sector observers (see 2210310073) that Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is likely to face less critical oversight if the GOP wins either chamber than would otherwise be expected because the current 2-2 split commission has spawned relatively little controversy. NTIA could face more of the heat, experts told us. Tech policy stakeholders, meanwhile, expect a shift in the direction on Big Tech-focused legislation under GOP majorities…
More hostile FCC oversight seems unlikely based on the Rodgers’ letter as long as the 2-2 deadlock persists, said R Street Institute Technology and Innovation fellow Jonathan Cannon, former acting adviser to GOP Commissioner Nathan Simington. “FCC and telecom oversight does not seem to be her biggest priority” because Republicans signaled more attention to NTIA and federal infrastructure spending. “To the extent that they engage in FCC oversight, I would expect their focus to be on broadband maps and universal service programs,” he said.