Mignon Clyburn Named Acting Chair of FCC

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Washington - May 20, 2013 - President Obama has asked FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to serve as the acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, pending the confirmation of Tom Wheeler. In a memo to the FCC staff, Clyburn noted that her tenure is directly linked to the efficiency of the Senate in its review process.

Mignon Clyburn

Her FCC staff memo included this:

"We have an important mission and this is an important time.

"I assume the role of acting chair with a great sense of responsibility, but also great humility. And as we await the confirmation of Tom Wheeler, I see myself as a member of a relay team, running one of the middle legs. My job is to build on forward momentum, give the next teammate a running start, an improved position, and no matter what, my goal is not to drop the baton.

"I consider my friend Mike Copps a model for an outstanding acting chair. He approached this job with seriousness and humility, and led this agency through the completion of the DTV transition - a major accomplishment.

"So if asked about my goals as I take this new position, I would answer without hesitation - its hallmarks will be continuity and progress.

"At 12:01 a.m. on [May 18, 2013] I actually became the acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. This time gave me an opportunity to reflect a bit over the weekend.

"I thought of my swearing-in in the summer of 2009. It took place in South Carolina because until then, that was the only place I could ever think about calling home.

"Today, however, I see the FCC as home, and you, my regulatory family. Like every other family, we may disagree at times, and yes, frustrate each other. But at the end of the day, we've got each other's back. We've got America's back.

"So while we may face many challenges in the days and weeks ahead, by working together, we will continue to do great things. Continuity and progress: the hallmarks, the building blocks, of a great time, great people and a great agency. Thank you for all that you've done, and what you will continue to do, to make this nation proud.

"Thank you, and Godspeed."

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