WATCH: Biden Pick To Run FCC Withdraws Nomination After This...

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 08 March 2023 16:30
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Gigi Sohn, nominated by the Biden administration to run the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has withdrawn her name from consideration.

This comes after attacks from media industry lobbyists, as reported by the Washington Post. Sohn, a known proponent of net neutrality, faced criticism for her past social media posts and views on specific issues, which prevented the Senate from holding a confirmation vote.

Sohn said the "unrelenting, dishonest and cruel attacks" took an "enormous toll" on her and her family, adding that the FCC's inability to regulate amid the most significant opportunity for broadband in a lifetime means that "your broadband will be more expensive for lack of competition, minority, and underrepresented voices will be marginalized, and your private information will continue to be used and sold at the whim of your broadband provider."

The current FCC comprises two Republican and two Democrat members, and Sohn would have been the tie-breaking vote if confirmed. However, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, said he would not support Sohn's confirmation, citing her record as proof of her inability to steer the agency in a non-partisan direction. Similarly, Republican Senator Ted Cruz welcomed Sohn's withdrawal, calling for the Biden administration to nominate someone who can be confirmed by the full Senate and is committed to serving as an even-handed regulator.


"The FCC is not the place for partisan activists; free speech is too important," Cruz said. "Now, it's time for the Biden administration to put forth a nominee who can be confirmed by the full Senate and is committed to serving as an even-handed and truly independent regulator."

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre praised Sohn's talent and years of work as a public advocate, adding that the administration appreciated her dedication to public service. However, Sohn's withdrawal leaves the FCC without a tie-breaking vote, resulting in an inability to green-light any regulatory rules that lack bipartisan support. This leaves the future of net neutrality and other issues in doubt until a new nominee is confirmed.