The White House has nominated Nathan Simington as the replacement for FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. Simington currently serves as a senior advisor at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is part of the Department of Commerce. NTIA is responsible for representing the Administration’s positions on communications policy. Simington currently oversees work on communications supply chains, 5G security and broadband.
Simington is expected to support the FCC’s authority to increase regulations on social media networks. Commissioner O’Rielly is said to have preferred a more hands off approach to this type of regulation.
Prior to joining NTIA he served as senior counsel at Brightstar Corp. He also worked as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis and Mayer Brown. Given the highly charged political environment, it is not clear whether he will receive a hearing and Senate confirmation before the election.
Simington He earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, two Masters Degrees from the University of Rochester, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University. Originally from Saskatoon, Canada, he became an American citizen in 2017.
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