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Missing from the onslaught of congrats Wed for Tom Wheeler‘s nomination as FCC chmn was a statement from Sen Commerce chmn Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). But he came through Fri, saying he "respects" the president’s decision to nominate the former NCTA and CTIA head. Rockefeller had been leaning on Pres Obama to nominate his former staffer and current FCC commish Jessica Rosenworcel, telling reporters last month that Wheeler’s history as a lobbyist for cable and wireless is cause for concern. In his statement Fri, Rockefeller noted that Wheeler "has a long and diverse career in both communications policy and business," saying he looked forward to discussing with him the Commission’s challenges. "In the next 2 years, the FCC will work toward promoting universal access to broadband, expanding the E-Rate program, and making sure incentive auctions generate funds to create a communications network for our first responders," Rockefeller said.

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