On Friday, the United States Senate confirmed the nominations of Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker to the Federal Communications Commission, completing the five-seat panel.
Clyburn is a former chair of the South Carolina Public Service Commission and the daughter of House of Representatives Majority Whip James Clyburn. Baker is the former head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA), and was commended during her tenure for her work on the difficult task of preparing the U.S. for a transition from analog to digital television broadcasting.
Other members of the panel include Chairman Julius Genachowski, who was nominated by President Barack Obama on March 2009 and confirmed in June; Commissioner Michael J. Copps, who has served on the Commission since May 2001, who also served as the FCC’s acting chairman during the first six months of the Obama Administration and produced the FCC’s report on a national rural broadband strategy; and Robert M. McDowell, who was first appointed to a seat on the FCC by President George W. Bush and reappointed by President Obama.
At Connected Nation, we praise the selections, nominations and confirmations of the entire FCC panel. Connected Nation looks forward to continuing to work with Commissioners Copps and McDowell, who were excellent advocates for the improvement of broadband services in America, and to working with Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners Clyburn and Baker as they bring their new insights and ideas to the Commission as it works to reform the Universal Service Fund and craft a National Broadband Plan in the coming months.
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