Chairman Genachowski On The Departure Of Sherrese Smith
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STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI ON THE
DEPARTURE OF SHERRESE SMITH AS CHIEF COUNSEL& SENIOR LEGAL ADVISOR
Washington, D.C. – FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski issued the following statement on the
departure of Sherrese Smith as Chief Counsel & Senior Legal Advisor.
“Now it’s time for a difficult goodbye. Sherrese Smith – my Chief Counsel and the last
remaining member of my original team of legal advisors – is leaving the FCC.
“Sherrese’s expertise in media, cable and broadcast issues is unmatched in the industry, and her
list of accomplishments over the past four years is remarkable. She brokered the agreement with
mobile providers to help end bill shock – a problem that costs millions of U.S. consumers
hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. She led the revamp of the Video Relay Service,
preserving a vital communications link for deaf and hard-of-hearing people and saving taxpayers
$275 million dollars. She helped navigate the broadcast spectrum issues in the incentive
auctions and helped cable companies get rid of superfluous rules such as encryption rules that
impeded growth in technology and innovation. She spearheaded the effort to move broadcasters’
public files from file cabinets to the Internet, substantially increasing transparency for citizens,
journalists, and others. And she helped close the terrestrial loophole, promoting greater
competition in the pay-TV market.
“But more impressive than her accomplishments is Sherrese’s character. She was one of my
most trusted advisors – a close confidant whom I consulted on almost every major decision and
issue. She had the rare combination of policy expertise and people skills that you need to get big
things done. And I am not alone in my admiration of Sherrese. She’s one of the most respected
and well-liked people at the Commission by both her peers and by outside parties -- from
consumer advocates to industry leaders. Simply put, everybody loves Sherrese.”