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Senate approves FCC nominations

Clyburn and Baker will fill two remaining seats

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.)

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