Rosenworcel was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2011 and began her term in May 2012.
Although Rosenworcel is a strong advocate for net neutrality - going against both the president and the current FCC chair's agenda - she is more centrist than Clyburn. Some speculated Wheeler would stay on through the end of his term to block Trump's ability to appoint a Republican majority at the agency. Nelson, ranking member of Senate Commerce, began nearly every hearing late past year with the reminder that Dems had voted to approve Republican commissioner Mike O'Reillyin December 2013, without the customary Dem nominee paired with him, in exchange for Rosenworcel's renomination going to a vote early in the 114th Congress.
Trump has not announced who he intends to nominate for the GOP seat, though it's widely believed to be FCC gen counsel Brendan Carr, who before taking the post in January spent three years as FCC chmn Ajit Pai's wireless, public safety and worldwide legal adviser.
If she is swiftly confirmed by the Senate, Rosenworcel would rejoin fellow Democrat Mignon Clyburn on the Commission - though perhaps not for long.
The NCTA - The Internet & Television Association released a statement on Wednesday putting its support behind Rosenworcel's return to the Commission.
But there have been increased rumblings in DC circles that she's looking to leave at the end of June. Clyburn's five-year term ends in June.
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Trump announced his intention to nominate Rosenworcel late Tuesday, and Pai was quick to voice his support for the move. No Republican nominee was announced, but Brendan Carr, the FCC General Counsel and aide to Chairman Ajit Pai, is reportedly the front-runner.
Senate Democrats previously held up a vote on telecom policy legislation during the 114th Congress in an effort to force a vote on her nomination, according to Broadcast and Cable. One area where Rosenworcel and Pai are likely to find consensus is the digital divide.
News that Trump meant to nominate her after all to return to the Federal Communications Commission came with the support of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who praised Rosenworcel's work. "She has a distinguished record of public service, including the four-and-a-half years we worked together at this agency, and I look forward to working with her once again to advance the public interest".
The Competitive Carriers Association, which represents small and rural US carriers, quicly backed Rosenworcel's nomination.
"This appointment rights a wrong, because she deserved confirmation previous year, and should have been sitting on the Commission all along", Georgetown Law lecturer Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney who specializes in media and telecommunications policy, said in a statement provided to Ars.