The full Senate has approved the nominations of Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to the two remaining seats on the FCC, according to a rep for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That means the commission could be at full strength — five commissioners — by this week.
The decision came Friday afternoon by unanimous consent, which meant a vote was not taken.
Baker is the former acting head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. Clyburn is a South Carolina utility regulator and daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
Baker is fulfilling the unexpired term of former FCC chairman Kevin Martin, which runs through June 30, 2011. Clyburn gets a full five years, taking the seat vacated by Deborah Taylor Tate, whose term expired in January.
(John Eggerton writes for Daily Variety sister publication Broadcasting & Cable.)