January 5, 2009
Statement of Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate upon Departure from the FCC
My term as Commissioner has come to an end, and I would like to express what a
great privilege and honor it has been to serve our country and the Federal Commissions
Commission over the past three years. I am grateful to President Bush for his
appointment and for his confidence in my ability to make important decisions on behalf
of the American people.
In cooperation with my fellow Commissioners, we have made history:
implementing successful spectrum auctions, creating a new homeland security bureau,
providing broadband grants for rural healthcare and overseeing the digital transition for
television. I am extremely proud of our work on behalf of children and families, for
persons with disabilities and for spurring new investment and innovation.
Looking to the future, I will continue to speak out on issues affecting children and
families, from childhood obesity to child online safety, both here and around the world.
As a proud citizen of Nashville, Music City USA, I will continue to be dedicated to
protecting our stories and storytellers, and to opposing the economic and moral harm of
As a Rule 31 mediator, I am excited about launching a formal mediation practice
that will utilize the skills I have practiced daily at the Commission to develop resolution,
consensus and collaboration in the communications sector and beyond. Finally, I hope to
be engaged in a dialogue to fully engage the Information, Communications and
Technologies (ICT) sectors more collaboratively with our energy providers to positively
impact our nation's goal of true energy independence.
I would like to thank the Commission's professional staff, which includes the
finest, most honorable group of civil servants in our government. They are viewed as the
"gold standard" by our international colleagues and I appreciate their dedication, integrity
and commitment. All Americans should be proud of their work.
And finally, I would like to thank my colleagues, and offer my best wishes as they
continue to address these critical issues for America and Americans in the coming years.