President Donald Trump has chosen long time telecom attorney Nathan Simington to be the Federal Communications Commission’s next commissioner, as reported by Law360
Last week, The Brink first reported that Simington had become a leading candidate to change current Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. Simington, a senior adviser at the National Telecom and Info Administration (NTIA), played a significant role in preparing a petition needed under the Trump administration’s social media executive order provided over the summer. The order advises the FCC, after receiving NTIA’s petition, to reinterpret Area 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The order was released in May after Twitter fact-checked two of Trump’s tweets that made incorrect statements about mail-in ballot. It is uncertain when the FCC intends to present a formal notification of proposed rulemaking and vote on the measure.
Simington’s election marks a considerable break in the Trump administration’s previous FCC elections. O’Rielly was formerly nominated for a third-term by Trump, however his nomination was abruptly withdrawn after he made a speech expressing issues over the administration’s social media order that would empower the FCC to take a distinct role in managing content moderation on social media platforms.
” As a conservative, I’m distressed voices are stifled by liberal tech leaders,” O’Rielly tweeted in May “At exact same time, I’m very dedicated to First Modification which governs much here.”
If Simington’s nomination is authorized in the Senate, the FCC would have 2 Republican commissioners likely in favor of voting to authorize the administration’s social networks order. Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr penned an op-ed in Newsweek last month arguing that the FCC needs to require social media platforms to submit transparency reports similar to what web service providers currently do.
In action to the election, O’Rielly sent Simington finest dreams on Twitter “I extend my sincere congrats to Mr. Simington for choice to sign up with [the FCC],” O’Rielly composed, “and provide finest want a smooth confirmation procedure and effective term at the Commission.”