PTC Supports Senate Confirmation of Gigi Sohn as FCC Commissioner

Written by PTC | Published February 9, 2022

LOS ANGELES (February 9, 2022) – The Parents Television and Media Council (PTC) has endorsed the confirmation of Gigi Sohn to be the third democrat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Sohn’s nomination was announced by President Biden in October, but a confirmation vote has not yet been held either at the Commerce Committee level or by the full Senate.

“I’ve had the pleasure to know Gigi for many years, and to work together with her on issues of mutual interest and concern. I cannot think of a candidate who would be more familiar, and more abreast, of the myriad and very complicated issues that come before the Commission. She has always been a straight shooter, she has always listened, and she has always carefully considered whatever we had to say. And while we may agree or disagree on a specific issue, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to base policy decisions not on what best serves a particular industry, but on what best serves the public interest. That’s exactly the perspective parents and families urgently need at the FCC. We call on the Senate to confirm Gigi Sohn’s nomination,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Much is said about the revolving door between government regulators and the industries they regulate, and rightly so. That’s why Gigi’s nomination is so refreshing. Rather than serving the corporate interest, her career has been dedicated to serving the public interest, and to holding powerful industries publicly to account. It comes as no surprise that certain industry sectors are working against her confirmation, or to impose material encumbrances on her if she is confirmed. That opposition underscores the importance of bringing her perspective to the FCC’s leadership team.

“For those Senators on both sides of the aisle who have previously – and rightly – advocated for the confirmation of a nominee who is indisputably well-qualified but who faces fierce partisan opposition, we call on you to heed your own words. Gigi Sohn is exceptionally well-qualified to serve our nation as an FCC Commissioner, and she should be confirmed to serve in that capacity free from any recusals or encumbrances foisted upon her by the very industry over which the Commission has regulatory authority,” Winter said.

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