Obama to Round Out FCC With Attwell Baker

President Obama said Thursday he’ll nominate Meredith Attwell Baker, the former acting head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, to fill the Republican FCC seat vacated by Debi Tate.

The nomination was expected.

Baker is well-regarded within the telecom industry, although she has caught some flack for the flubbed coupon program that subsidized converter box purchases during the recent DTV transition.

Baker’s nomination likely will proceed through the Senate alongside that of Mignon Clyburn’s. Clyburn is Obama’s pick for the Democrat to fill exiting commissioner Jonathan Adelstein’s seat.

The FCC still awaits a full complement. Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell last week received approval from the Senate Commerce Committee, although they have yet to appear for full Senate confirmation.

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