Biden U.S. FCC pick in jeopardy after Democrat Manchin opposes

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic U.S. Senator Joe Manchin said on Tuesday he will vote against confirming Gigi Sohn as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), potentially imperiling her nomination by President Joe Biden. Democrats since January 2021 have been unable to command a majority of the five-member U.S. telecom regulator, stalling the party’s efforts to reinstate landmark net neutrality rules revoked under Republican President Donald Trump. The open internet laws seek to bar internet service providers from blocking or slowing traffic or offer…

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