FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker To Exit For Job At Comcast/NBCUniversal
May 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM (PT)
FCC Commissioner MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER ihas announced that she will exit the Commission to join COMCAST as SVP of Government Affairs for the NBCUNIVERSAL unit on JUNE 3rd. BAKER, a Republican, joined the Commission in 2009 from the NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION, where she was Acting Head of the agency. Her term is set to expire in JUNE. Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS, a Democrat, is also expected to leave the Commission by the end of the year.
In a release issued late WEDNESDAY, BAKER wrote, "After seven years of public service, I sent a letter to President OBAMA this afternoon thanking him for the distinct honor of serving on the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION and informing him of my intention to leave the Commission on JUNE 3, 2011. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the country at a time of critical transformation in the telecommunications industry. The continued deployment of our broadband infrastructures will meaningfully impact the lives of all Americans. I am happy to have played a small part in this success.
"I depart most proud of our collective efforts to focus on long-term comprehensive spectrum reform. It is the most important step we can take to ensure our nation’s competitiveness in an increasingly interconnected world.
"I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to serve with such wonderful colleagues on the Commission. I thank them all for their commitment, resolve, and friendship. I also am deeply indebted to my personal staff for their expertise, dedication, and good humor."
Baker's Exit Draws Well-Wishes From Fellow Commissioners
Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI said, “For the past two years, it’s been my privilege to serve with MEREDITH BAKER as the FCC has navigated the communications challenges of the 21st century. MEREDITH’s wonderful spirit, broad experience and deep policy acumen have made the FCC a more effective agency. She’s made our decisions smarter and our policies better. I wish her well in her new role at NBCUNIVERSAL.”
Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS said, "MEREDITH BAKER's announcement that she is leaving the Commission caught me, like many others, by surprise. I have enjoyed working with MEREDITH both as a colleague at the FCC and when she led NTIA's efforts to facilitate our country's Digital Television Transition. She brought to all her tasks creative thinking, practical good judgment and a warm, friendly demeanor. I join my colleagues in wishing her well in the years ahead."
"I want to extend my sincerest congratulations and best wishes to MEREDITH ATTWELL BAKER, who during our time together at the FCC, has been a trusted colleague and a friend," added Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN. "MEREDITH has been an advocate of creative spectrum management policies to spur greater investment and innovation in wireless services and devices, which is consistent with my interest in promoting more competition to benefit consumers. The halls of the Commission will be much less bright without her, and I am certain she will thrive in her new position. While I am going to miss her smile, quick wit, and TEXAS charm on the Eighth Floor, I am happy she will further contribute to an industry to which she is truly committed."
NAB Wishes Baker Well, Too
NAB President and CEO GORDON SMITH issued a statement reading, "With a winning combination of integrity, intellect and experience, MEREDITH BAKER will be a key player for NBCUNIVERSAL, and I know that her in-depth knowledge of broadcast issues, deep understanding of the D.C. landscape and strong leadership abilities will make her an important resource for the entire broadcast industry."