Obama Nominates Meredith Attwell Baker To FCC
June 25, 2009 at 3:48 PM (PT)
President BARACK OBAMA has reconstituted the new makeup of the FCC by nominating MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER to fill the open Republican slot. She succeeds DEBORAH TAYLOR TATE, who resigned earlier this year.
BAKER most recently led the Commerce Department's NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION (NTIA). According to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, "BAKER is well liked in the telecommunications sector, but she came under fire from policymakers at the beginning of the year when the Commerce Department was forced to set up a waiting list for people applying for $40 coupons that offset the cost of digital TV converter boxes."
BAKER's FCC nomination fulfills OBAMA's reorganization of the five-member COMMISSION. He previously has nominated JULIUS GENACHOWSKI to replace KEVIN MARTIN as Chairman, renominated ROBERT MCDOWELL and MIGNON CLYBURN to succeed Democratic JONATHAN ADELSTEIN.
Reacting to the nomination, NAB EVP DENNIS WHARTON offered this statement:
"NAB applauds Pres. OBAMA and congratulates MEREDITH ATWELL BAKER on today's announcement. Her commitment to public service while serving at the NTIA, coupled with her understanding and appreciation of local broadcasting, will serve the COMMISSION and the public well. NAB urges swift Senate confirmation and looks forward to working with Ms. BAKER in her new role."