Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) announced on Friday that he is lifting his hold on FCC nominees Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai, as he has received enough information on the Commission's dealings with wireless start-up company LightSquared. Last week, Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) told reporters that his office had sent 13,000 pages of documents to Grassley recently, which would hopefully resolve Grassley's concerns.
In a statement released Friday, Grassley said the FCC appeared to have shown preference to LightSquared, because it "wanted LightSquared to succeed" as a "new broadband provider that could challenge current providers."
Since there is now a process in place to obtain all of the relevant documents from the FCC, I intend to lift my hold on the two FCC nominees. But my inquiry is not over, Grassley added.
FCC spokeswoman Tammy Sun told the Washington Post, "We are pleased this roadblock to the confirmation of two outstanding nominees appears to have been removed."
President Barack Obama nominated Rosenworcel and Pai last November, but their official appointment as FCC Commssioners has been in limbo for months thanks to Grassley.