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FCC Chairman Announces New Connect2Health Task Force

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Released: March 4, 2014

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March 4, 2014
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FCC CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCES NEW CONNECT2HEALTHFCC TASK FORCE

Task Force will identify barriers to wireless health adoption and build partnerships with stakeholders;


Michele Ellison Named Task Force Chair


Washington, D.C. – Today, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the formation of a new Commission
Task Force – CONNECT2HEALTHFCC – that will bring together the expertise of the FCC on the critical
intersection of broadband, advanced technology, and health. Chairman Wheeler announced Michele
Ellison as Chair of the Task Force and his intent to name her Deputy General Counsel.
Specifically, the CONNECT2HEALTHFCC Task Force will consider ways to accelerate the adoption of
health care technologies by leveraging broadband and other next-gen communications services. To
advance this broad initiative, Ms. Ellison will work hand in hand with the leadership of the Commission,
in particular with the FCC’s Director of Health Care Initiatives and the Chiefs of the Wireline and
Wireless Bureaus and Office of Engineering and Technology. Ms. Ellison will also collaborate with
public and private stakeholders in the health care and technology space.
FCC Chairman Wheeler said, “The Commission’s top priority must be to make networks work for
everyone. Broadband itself is not the goal – it’s what broadband enables. We must leverage all available
technologies to ensure that advanced health care solutions are readily accessible to all Americans, from
rural and remote areas to underserved inner cities. By identifying regulatory barriers and incentives and
building stronger partnerships with stakeholders in the areas of tele-health, mobile applications, and tele-
medicine, we can expedite this vital shift.”
He continued, “Michele brings a wealth of experience to the effort. She is a gifted lawyer and dedicated
public servant who has brought her keen leadership skills to bear as a forceful and effective Chief of the
Enforcement Bureau. I am pleased that she now will use her formidable talents to address this critical
challenge.”
Ms. Ellison has served as Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau since 2009. Under her leadership, the
Commission took consistent and aggressive action to enforce the Communications Act and the
Commission’s rules – issuing more than $300 million in proposed penalties and settlements and taking
nearly 6000 enforcement actions. These precedent-setting actions include the $25 million settlement—
the largest in FCC history—on “mystery fees” (unauthorized data charges billed to millions of
consumers), the $18.25 million settlement addressing improper billing of the Telecommunications Relay
Service fund, and two landmark rural call completion settlements. Throughout her term, Ms. Ellison
maintained a strategic focus on consumer protection and public safety issues as well as on disability
rights, spectrum, and competition enforcement. Ms. Ellison also served as Chief of Staff during
Commissioner Clyburn’s tenure as Chairwoman and previously led the agency’s legal team as Acting
General Counsel.

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