President Donald Trump intends to nominate FCC General Counsel Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat at the agency, a White House spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
The president will nominate Carr for the remainder of a term expiring in 2018, and an additional five-year term expiring in 2023, the spokesman said.
Carr has close ties to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, having served as aide to Pai during his time as commissioner. Installing a close ally at the agency could help Pai, who’s seeking to roll back the Obama-era net neutrality rules and a slew of other regulations.
If the Senate confirms Carr and Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel for FCC seats, the agency would be back to full capacity with a 3-2 GOP majority.
Carr has served as the FCC’s top lawyer since Trump tapped Pai to lead the FCC in January. While working as an aide to Pai, he focused on wireless issues including spectrum policy, public safety and competition issues.
Prior to his work at the FCC, Carr was an attorney at the law firm Wiley Rein.