The U.S. Senate last night approved the nominations of Tom Wheeler as Chairman and Michael O’Rielly as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The following statement may be attributed to AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Cicconi:
“I commend the Senate for approving the nominations of Tom Wheeler for Chairman and Michael O’Rielly as Commissioner of the FCC. Both are widely respected for their experience and knowledge in communications issues.
“There’s no doubt that this FCC possesses the skills and leadership to tackle the major issues facing our industry, first and foremost the transition to next-generation, Internet-enabled services and networks. All of us at AT&T are excited to see both positions confirmed. We know all five commissioners will play a key role at this pivotal time in the FCC’s history.
“I would also like to commend Acting Chairwoman Clyburn for her superb work in leading the agency over the past several months. She has guided the agency with skill and care, and has a track record of significant accomplishments in a very short time. That’s impressive for any chairman, and I know she’ll continue to contribute to the FCC’s success.”