At confirmation hearings conducted Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Atwell Baker received positive reviews from lawmakers of both parties. Observers have predicted quick approval of both nominations by the full Senate to give the FCC its first full slate of commissioners since January. Clyburn, a Democrat and daughter of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC), is a member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission. Baker, a Republican, served recently as acting administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Stressing that the role of the FCC is to “ensure that all Americans have access to and can make productive use of the communications tools essential to making the American dream a reality,” Clyburn told the panel that, “by providing universal, high-speed, high-quality affordable access to broadband we can establish the essential underpinnings for enduring national prosperity.” Baker, meanwhile, said that she shares the sentiments expressed in a recent speech by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, who said that “the promise of technology has never been brighter and, consequently, the obligations of the FCC have never been greater.” As he did during recent confirmation hearings for Genachowski, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) took issue with the FCC’s record under former chairman Kevin Martin, complaining that the agency is “beholden" to the media industry and lacks focus on consumers. While charging “both of our nominees today with doing their part to repair this agency,” Rockefeller told Clyburn and Baker: “I believe the perspectives you bring will help with this task.” Similarly, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) said, “I have high hopes for these Commissioners,” as he predicted that the FCC is about to “enter a new era.” Praising both nominees as “extraordinary women,” ranking committee member Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) remarked, “I’m glad that we are finally getting closer to a full FCC.”