Late Wednesday, President Obama announced his intention to nominate South Carolina Public Service Commissioner Mignon Clyburn for the sole remaining Democratic seat on the FCC, thus leaving the agency with one vacant seat to be filled by a yet-to-be-named Republican nominee. The selection of Clyburn—the daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC)—had been anticipated for weeks, and news of the nomination drew wide praise from Clyburn’s future FCC colleagues and from key players throughout the telecom industry. A member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission (SCPSC) since 1998, Clyburn sat as the chairwoman of that body from 2002-2004. Clyburn is currently the chairwoman of the Washington Action Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and also boasts fourteen years of experience as the publisher and general manager of a Charleston, South Carolina weekly newspaper. Instead of filling the seat to be vacated by FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Clyburn would serve out the remainder of former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin’s term (which expires in 2011) or the new term (expiring in 2012) for the seat that was vacated by former FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate. (Julius Genachowski, the White House nominee for FCC chairman, would serve out the current term of Adelstein, who has been nominated to lead the Rural Utilities Service.) Both of Clyburn’s future FCC colleagues applauded the nomination, with acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps praising Clyburn as “an excellent choice” and with FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell observing that Clyburn’s service with the SCPSC “gives her a strong background to tackle the many issues facing the Commission.” As the National Cable & Telecommunications Association declared that Clyburn “brings an insight and pragmatic perspective to the complex policy issues that the FCC is tackling,” the National Association of Broadcasters predicted that Clyburn’s background in the newspaper industry “will serve her well as she addresses media-related issues at the FCC.” While asserting that Clyburn would bring “an important rural state-based perspective” to the FCC, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) promised that his panel would “move expeditiously” to consider the nominations of Clyburn and Genachowski “as soon as their paperwork is ready.”