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Russell Frisby Quoted on FCC Nominations in Communications Daily

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10.06.2021

Partner Russell Frisby was recently quoted in a Communications Daily article exploring the possibility for state regulators to be appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by President Biden.

According to the article, many Democrats have grown concerned over President Biden's delay in announcing his picks for the two open Democratic FCC seats. If not confirmed in time, the current 2-2 split commission could result in a 2-1 GOP majority come January.

The article explored speculations that President Biden will appoint a state regulator, citing the President's recent nomination of a state regulator to a federal role. Frisby weighed in on the matter saying that "State commissioners tend to be closer to the average person," and that while politics tend to be less intense for those working in states, any person appointed to the FCC is going to be political.

Frisby went on to describe how state members tend to be less informed on federal telecom issues, but that recent resolutions from the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners exhibit strong interest in federal broadband programs like the emergency broadband benefit and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

Frisby counsels companies in the energy, communications and technology industries on regulatory and corporate issues. He champions these entities in administrative proceedings, litigation and advocacy efforts, and provides strategic and corporate advice. Frisby has represented clients before the Executive Branch, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Department of Energy, the Federal Trade Commission state utility commissions, state legislatures, federal courts and has testified before congressional committees.

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