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Senate confirms Rosenworcel as FCC chair

The Senate confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel as the first female permanent chair of the Federal Communications Commission by a vote of 68-31. She has nearly a decade of experience as an FCC commissioner, including nine months as acting chair.

Rosenworcel’s confirmation will help continue the progress already made in ensuring all students have access to online learning. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she supported creation of the E-Rate Emergency Connectivity Fund to help beat the digital divide and the specific aspect of it known as the homework gap—the inability to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access or devices.

“Any educator can recall instances when their students were forced to do their schoolwork outside fast-food restaurants, sat in school parking lots to log onto the school’s WiFi, or lingered in community centers so they could get online because broadband access at home wasn’t an option,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “Accessing the internet is a major part of equity and opportunity in education. It is critical for conducting research, doing homework, and attending class.”

4 responses to “Senate confirms Rosenworcel as FCC chair

  1. Please support Jennifer Rosenworcel as FCC chair.
    We are living in the 21sr century in the USA, but have standards for communication akin to the 20th century. Many rural areas, even populous NJ have sub par communication systems in place, like DSL for internet, which is not high speed at all. It is not much better than dialup, due to antiquated transmission lines, and lack of fiberoptics and no 5G.

    1. Glad Ms. Rosenworcel is on board with broadband access for students. That’s a step forward, but where does she stand on the fairness doctrine, which has not been enforced for decades? The lack of fairness has allowed cable media to call itself “news” without any regard to facts. And we get more and longer commercials than ever on TV. And we need stricter standards in our web searches. We need net neutrality. I hope for better than we’ve been getting. We need to have the right to privacy. There’s so much that needs to be done.

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