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Genachowski Stmt on President's Announcement of New FCC Leadership

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Released: May 1, 2013

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May 1, 2013
Neil Grace, 202-418-0506



“Today President Obama announced his intent to nominate Tom Wheeler to serve as Chairman of the
Federal Communications Commission and designate Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to serve as Acting
Chairwoman upon my departure. These are excellent selections, and I commend the President.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Tom personally and professionally for almost 20 years. I was pleased
to appoint Tom as Chairman of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council in 2010, and under his
leadership the TAC has made strong contributions to the FCC’s work, including on unleashing spectrum
for mobile, removing barriers to private investment, and strengthening our cyber security. At this exciting
time in this important sector, I can attest to Tom’s commitment to harness the power of communications
technology to improve people’s lives, to drive our global competitiveness, and to advance the public
interest. The FCC’s role has never been more essential, and with Tom’s deep policy expertise and his
first-hand experience as a technology investor, he is a superb choice to advance the FCC’s mission of
promoting innovation, investment, competition, and consumer protection.
“Tom will be a great FCC Chairman, and I urge his swift confirmation.
“It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve with Commissioner Clyburn for the past four years.
Mignon is a strong, experienced, and thoughtful leader. She has distinguished herself through her work to
modernize universal service and promote competition, and as a champion for closing America’s digital
divide. With this appointment, Mignon will also distinguish herself as the first woman to lead the FCC. I
congratulate my friend and colleague on this honor.
“With this nomination and appointment, when I depart in mid-May, I'll be leaving a revitalized FCC in
great hands."

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