You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Speculation About Trump’s Pick for FCC Leader Grows as Candidates Emerge

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries.

Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been a hallmark of the Obama administration’s telecom policy.

Jeff Eisenach is at present managing director and co-chair of the communications, media and Internet practice at  Washington-based NERA Economic Consulting and an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law. He’s also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Eisenach has deep experience with transfers of power in Washington, having previously worked on the Reagan and George H.W. Bush transition teams. He’s held posts at the Federal Trade Communications and Office of Management and Budget.

Mark Jamison heads the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida. He was previously a lobbyist for Sprint and chaired the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Eisenach and Jamison are considered candidates for Trump’s pick to succeed Tom Wheeler as FCC chairman. Commissioner Ajit Pai, the senior Republican on the five-member panel, is also seen as in the mix for the top job. Pai, a former FCC deputy general counsel, has been a commissioner since 2012.

More TV

  • 'Fleabag' Team to Develop Romantic-Comedy Series

    'Fleabag' Team to Develop Romantic-Comedy Series With Entertainment One

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • Sony Sets ‘The Launch’ for International

    Sony Prepares ‘The Launch’ for International Take Off

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • HBO Renews 'High Maintenance' and 'Crashing'

    HBO Renews 'High Maintenance' and 'Crashing' for Season 3

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • Michael O'Neill

    TV News Roundup: 'Scandal' Books Michael O'Neill in Recurring Guest Role

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • Damon Wayans Jr

    Damon Wayans Jr. Lands Lead Role in CBS Comedy Pilot From Austen Earl, Tim McAuliffe

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • Superstore

    'Superstore' Renewed for Season 4 at NBC

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

  • SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the 'Westworld'

    SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the 'Westworld' Theme Park, 'Shameless' Bar

    President-elect Donald Trump on Monday designated two members of his transition team to focus on the FCC, fueling speculation about the administration’s pick to lead the agency that regulates the TV and telecom industries. Both of Trump’s appointments are economists who are strongly opposed to the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules that have been […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content