The Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), whose members represent broadcast and telecommunications companies across the United States have sent a letter to the White House Chief of Staff. The letter is asking the fifth FCC Commissioner to be appointed as quickly as possible so decisions do not get hung up in partisan politics. Their argument is that there is an urgent need for another commissioner to break the current two Democrat, two Republican makeup and prevent impasses based on partisan politics.
The letter asks that President Biden and his Staff to nominate a candidate with a significant technical, scientific, or engineering background to the position. They note that while public policy, and legal and economic concerns are important when deciding the course of the Commission’s actions, many of the policies that are considered have predicates and consequences that are increasingly technical in nature.
AFCCE believes that having at least one FCC Commissioner seated with a substantial technical background and a fundamental understanding of RF (Radiofrequency) and communications technologies would be in the greater Public Interest and would provide an additional measure of balance and robustness to the FCC’s overall decision-making process. Accordingly, AFCCE urges President Biden to consider the wisdom of nominating a person with a firm technology background for this very important position.