President Trump has picked Brendan Carr to fill the open Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission.
The White House said in a press release on Wednesday evening that former telecom lawyer Brendan Carr will be nominated to fill the seat, giving FCC chairman Ajit Pai an ally as he moves forward on cutting current "net neutrality" regulations.
Carr has been nominated to serve out the remainder of a five-year term which ends on June 13, 2018. The White House also wants Carr to serve an additional term of five years after that.
Carr was named acting general counsel of the FCC in January by Pai and prior to that served as top legal adviser to the commission in 2014.
The former telecom attorney will now face a confirmation hearing and a vote by the Senate.
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated by President Trump earlier this month will face the same circumstances as she moves towards taking her seat with the agency.
If they are both confirmed, Rosenworcel and Carr will fill the two empty seats in the five-member FCC.
Pai tweeted on Wednesday night congratulating Carr and noting that his "expertise" will help the agency.