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For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

States Congratulate Wheeler, Clyburn on FCC Announcements

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statements after President Obama announced his intention to nominate Tom Wheeler as chair of the Federal Communications Commission:

“On behalf of the nation’s State utility regulators, we congratulate Mr. Wheeler on his pending nomination. He is coming to the Federal Communications Commission at a critical time, with new technologies driving innovation and the market every day. These changes underscore the need for smart, nimble regulations which protect consumers but do not constrain market forces. We look forward to working with Mr. Wheeler once confirmed. We also congratulate Interim Chair Mignon Clyburn. She will bring a customer-focused perspective that sometimes goes missing in Washington. She will serve our nation well, as she has since her tenure at the agency started.”
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington

“As the new chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Mr. Wheeler will face a daunting number of difficult issues if confirmed. These decisions will require a strong team of commissioners and staff, which he will already have, and partnership with his State regulatory colleagues. NARUC’s Committee on Telecommunications stands ready to work with Mr. Wheeler, Interim Chair Clyburn, and Commissioners Rosenworcel, Pai, and McDowell for the duration of his tenure. I have served on both joint boards with Interim Chair Clyburn and I echo President Jones’ congratulations to her. She understands the important role and the value of State regulators and we look forward to our continued work with her.”
--NARUC Committee on Telecommunications Chair John Burke of Vermont

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NARUC is a non-profit organization founded in 1889 whose members include the governmental agencies that are engaged in the regulation of utilities and carriers in the fifty States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. NARUC's member agencies regulate telecommunications, energy, and water utilities. NARUC represents the interests of State public utility commissions before the three branches of the Federal government.

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