FCC Chief Counsel Sherrese Smith Exiting The Commission
March 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI has announced that Chief Counsel & Senior Legal Advisor SHERRESE SMITH is exiting the Commission.
In a release issued by the FCC, GENACHOWSKI said, "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."