01/08/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/08/2019 08:47
Just before the 115th Congress adjourned last week, the Senate confirmed by voice vote the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to fill a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission that was vacated when Mignon Clyburn resigned last summer. Starks will complete Clyburn's five-year term, which runs from July 2017 to July 2022.
Prior to his nomination, Starks served as an assistant bureau chief with the FCC's enforcement bureau. He has also held positions in the Justice Department and in the private sector working for a Washington, D.C. law firm. The Senate also confirmed by voice vote FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr to a new five-year term ending in June 2023.
With these appointments, the FCC now has a full complement of five commissioners and is expected to soon address - among other things - changes to its interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which imposes restrictions on the calls that banks and other businesses can place to their customers.