Trump Nominates Starks as New FCC Commissioner

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has nominated Geoffrey Starks as Federal Communications Commissioner. Starks, who is currently the assistant bureau chief of the FCC’s enforcement bureau would serve the remainder of a five year term ending June 30, 2022. Starks would replace Democrat Mignon Clyburn, who recently resigned. Starks was also a senior counsel at the U.S. Justice Department. His nomination, which is backed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, is subject to Senate confirmation.

“I congratulate Geoffrey Starks on his forthcoming nomination to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “He has a distinguished record of public service, including in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, and I wish him all the best during the confirmation process.”

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“NAB strongly supports President Trump’s selection of Geoffrey Starks to a seat on the Federal Communications Commission. We endorse his swift confirmation.”

Tom Butts

Tom has covered the broadcast technology market for the past 25 years, including three years handling member communications for the National Association of Broadcasters followed by a year as editor of Video Technology News and DTV Business executive newsletters for Phillips Publishing. In 1999 he launched for internet B2B portal Verticalnet. He is also a charter member of the CTA's Academy of Digital TV Pioneers. Since 2001, he has been editor-in-chief of TV Tech (, the leading source of news and information on broadcast and related media technology and is a frequent contributor and moderator to the brand’s Tech Leadership events.