April 18, 2013
Washington, DC—As the Obama Administration considers whom to nominate as the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission, NCL is urging the White House to nominate a chair with deep experience in public interest advocacy.
The following statement is attributable to Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League:
“Any consumer who has opened their mobile phone or cable bill in recent years understands the importance of having an FCC chair that is on their side. While the Obama Administration will undoubtedly consider a number of worthy candidates, we believe that the next FCC chair should have significant experience in public interest advocacy.”
“Washington is filled with lobbyists who have deep backgrounds in telecommunications and technology policy. They play an important role in helping the Commission address the often complex issues that it faces on a daily basis. That said, the FCC’s mission is to defend the public interest, not corporate bottom lines. Having someone at the top of the agency’s leadership who comes out of the public interest community will ensure that the FCC’s decisions reflect that critical responsibility.”
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