Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Republican staffers have asked chair
Staff reached out to Cantwell (D-Wash.) Tuesday after ranking member
A spokesperson for committee Democrats declined to comment.
Wicker’s staff last week obtained the confidential settlement between Locast and broadcasters.
“My initial review of the confidential settlement raises several troubling questions about Ms. Sohn’s nomination,” Wicker said in an emailed statement Tuesday.
“The possibility of the nominee’s future financial liability to a number of companies regulated by the FCC, and the timing of this settlement in relation to her nomination, demands a full discussion by the committee to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the ability for this nominee to act without any cloud of ethical doubt,” Wicker added.
During her Dec. 1 confirmation hearing, Sohn said her decision-making at the FCC, which regulates broadcasters, would not be impacted by her time at Locast.
Internet and Competitive Networks Association CEO Chip Pickering, a former GOP representative from Mississippi, said FCC chairs in the past have had industry ties and were still effective regulators.
Before serving in government, former GOP FCC chair
“Both were extremely efficient, independent and had integrity. Gigi will be the same,” he added.