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For Immediate Release: October 29, 2013
Contact: Robert J. Thormeyer, 202-898-9382, rthormeyer@naruc.org

NARUC Congratulates Wheeler, O'Rielly; Applauds Acting Chair Clyburn

WASHINGTON--The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners issued the following statement after the Senate approved Tom Wheeler as Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and Michael O'Rielly as a Commissioner:

"On behalf of our nation's State regulators, we would like to congratulate Mr. Wheeler and Mr. O'Rielly on their confirmations. They are joining the FCC as the agency faces numerous important decisions that will profoundly impact the telecommunications marketplace. A strong federal-State partnership is essential to ensure market competitiveness and strong consumer protections. We look forward to working with Mr. Wheeler, Mr. O'Rielly, and Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, and Pai.

"On a personal note, we'd like to thank and applaud Acting Chair Clyburn. She addressed several tough issues during her chairmanship, most notably inmate calling reform and call-completion problems. She has always served our nation well, and in her role as Chair she leaves a lasting legacy. There is no doubt consumers are better off because of her service."
--NARUC President Philip Jones of Washington, 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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