Statement on Confirmation of Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr to the FCC

Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr to serve as commissioners to the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Starks will fill the open Democratic seat following the departure of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Mr. Carr was previously serving out the term of former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. Both were confirmed to full five-year terms completing the five-seat Commission with three Republicans and two Democrats.

Statement of Michael Copps, Former FCC Commissioner and Common Cause Special Advisor

“Congratulations to Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr on their confirmation to the FCC. Returning the FCC to full strength with five commissioners will allow the agency to fully address the communications needs of all Americans. We are particularly pleased that Geoffrey Starks can finally take a seat at the agency. At a time when large telecom and media gatekeepers threaten to harm our democracy, we need another strong voice for protecting an open internet, ensuring all Americans have affordable access to broadband, and putting an end to out-of-control media and telecom consolidation.”