UPDATE President Trump appointee Nathan Simington is now officially an FCC Commissioner. The GOP replacement for former Commissioner Michael O’Rielly was sworn-in to his new post on Monday. The swift change has the potential to deadlock the FCC 2-2 on major issues once Chairman Ajit Pai leaves on Inauguration Day, Inside Towers reported.
Previously, Simington was Senior Advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. In this role, he worked on many aspects of telecommunications policy, including spectrum allocation and planning, broadband access, and the U.S. government’s role in the internet.
Prior to joining the Commission, he was senior counsel to mobile device services company Brightstar. There, he led and negotiated telecommunications equipment and services transactions with leading providers in over twenty countries.
Fellow GOP FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr had called on the Senate last week to speedily confirm Simington. Carr congratulated Simington yesterday. He tweeted: “Look forward to working together with you and our other FCC colleagues for years to come.”
O’Rielly, meanwhile, is heading towards the private sector. He told Inside Towers last week one of his regrets was not being able to wrap up Twilight Towers co-location before his exit.