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Commissioner McDowell statement re: Chairman Genachowski departure

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Released: March 22, 2013

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



March 22, 2013
Brigid Calamis:



The following statement can be attributed to Commissioner Robert M. McDowell:
The announced departure of my friend and colleague, Julius Genachowski, as
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, brings to a close a historic
era of thoughtful and energetic policymaking.
Although occasionally we disagreed, sometimes profoundly, he leaves office with my
utmost respect. He proved that through hard work, persistence and creativity,
bipartisanship and compromise in policymaking can occur in Washington, even in
these days of sharp divisions and gridlock.
His leadership has produced a legacy of highly significant accomplishments. For
brevity’s sake, I’ll mention just a few. Working with me across a 3 to 1 partisan
divide, Julius brokered the first comprehensive federal entitlement reform in a
generation with our 2011 landmark modernization of the FCC’s universal service
subsidy program. This badly needed overhaul eluded several previous FCCs led by
both Republicans and Democrats, but Julius succeeded where others did not. The end
result included market-based incentives that are already saving American consumers
hundreds of millions of dollars while bringing broadband to unserved areas. This
historic accomplishment would not have happened without Julius’s courage and
determination to reach a thoughtful compromise.
Since becoming Chairman, he has been an eloquent and effective advocate for
repurposing valuable spectrum to meet the needs and demands of American
consumers. The results may not come to fruition for years, but many of his efforts in
the wireless sector will help spur investment, innovation and economic growth.
Additionally, he reformed many of the Commission’s processes, including enhancing
information flow throughout the agency.
The American people should know that Julius Genachowski has been a dedicated
public servant who relentlessly sought consensus in pursuit of what he thought was
right for the country. It has been a privilege to serve with him. I offer him and his
beautiful family my best wishes in their future endeavors.


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