CWA urges Senate to confirm Gigi Sohn to FCC with six-figure ad buy
Communications Workers of America cite impending national broadband rollout spurred by Emergency Infrastructure Bill to confirm Sohn, while shady corporate money groups aim to keep FCC at a standstill
National – The Communications Workers of America (CWA) launched a six-figure digital advertising campaign on Monday seeking confirmation of Gigi Sohn from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Amid the historic $65 billion investment in nationwide broadband rollout guaranteed by President Biden’s Infrastructure and Jobs Act, CWA says in ads that corporate groups of money black sought to block Sohn’s confirmation in an effort to avoid FCC actions that would help ensure that all Americans have reliable and affordable broadband access.
“Gigi Sohn has long been a strong advocate for consumer broadband access, a supporter of workers in the telecommunications and technology industries, and a supporter of an open, free and fair Internet,” said Shane Larson , senior director of CWA government. Business and politics. “The delay in its confirmation makes it harder for the FCC to serve the American people, which is how the companies the agency is supposed to regulate like it. It is high time for the Senate to confirm it so that the FCC can have a full complement of Commissioners and get to work.
The ads, which will run on Facebook, as well as news websites across Arizona, West Virginia and Nevada, call on Democrats to stand up to corporate black money and support the nomination of Gigi Sohn to the FCC so that universal broadband access and equitable deployment can become a reality.
While Sohn already has the support of a majority of Democratic lawmakers, including the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Catherin Cortez Masto (D-NV) are considered key votes on Sohn’s nomination.
Sohn, a staunch consumer advocate who has spent decades in communications politics and served as a top FCC aide during the Obama administration, was originally appointed to the FCC by President Joe Biden in October to fill a vacant seat since January 2021, and was reappointed this January.
Under the Obama administration, Sohn helped implement net neutrality rules that were later repealed under Trump. These rules would ensure that broadband providers treat businesses and websites the same online. Sohn also worked to try to protect the jobs of working families during the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
In addition to support from CWA, Sohn has support from the Consumer Technology Association and NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, among conservative, progressive and consumer advocacy groups.
About CWA: The Communications Workers of America represents workers in telecommunications, customer service, media, airlines, health care, public service and education, manufacturing, technology and other areas.