With the election of Donald J. Trump to be president of the United States comes change at the FCC. The FCC is directed by five commissioners appointed by the president and conformed by the U.S. Senate for five-year terms, except when filling an unexpired term. The president designates one of the commissioners to serve as chairman. Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party. Chairman Tom Wheeler’s term expires June 30, 2018. The FCC chairman usually leaves if the party controlling the White House shifts to the opposite party. On Nov. 17, Wheeler stated his intention to resign, but he said he has not decided his departure date. Sooner or later, Trump will appoint a Republican successor and the political majority would change. Trump could designate the new commissioner as chairman, which would be typical, or he could designate a current Republican commissioner as chairman. Wheeler could exit the chairmanship and remain as a commissioner, but I don’t recall a previous chairman doing so. The FCC has some commissioners who are continuing to serve beyond the expiration of their terms, which the law allows. Their time on the commission may come to an end when the current Congress adjourns at the end of the year. This could leave the commission with vacancies to be filled by the new president’s appointees. The new president has authority to appoint people to fill nearly 1,200 executive-level jobs with Senate approval and another 321 that do not require Senate conformation. When the FCC might receive his attention is unclear. But sooner or later, the FCC will have a Republican chairman, and a majority of commissioners will be Republican. Writing Achievement Congratulations and a big thanks to Michael Mitchell and Andy Singer. With this issue, the two contributors completed a year’s worth of giving you business and management information and advice in the pages of AGL Magazine. Try writing an article every month yourself. It isn’t easy for folks who make a living working other jobs or running businesses of their own to meet writing deadlines, much less every month for a year. It’s an achievement worth noting and much appreciated. Reading Achievement With this issue, AGL Magazine completes 12 years of publishing information for the antenna-siting community. Thank you for reading every issue. Where did you find the time? Don Bishop, Executive Editor email@example.com
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