Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NBCSL Commends Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Outgoing Acting Chair of the FCC

On November 4th, Tom Wheeler was sworn in as the new Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). NBCSL President Joe Armstrong (TN) releases the following statement:

"As Commissioner Mignon Clyburn steps down from her position as Acting Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) takes a moment to commend her extraordinary work as Chairwoman. Though only serving in this position since May 2013, Commissioner Clyburn is a shining example of exemplary leadership and concern for the development and vitality of communities of color.

One of her initiatives of note is her push to adopt new regulatory responsibilities and cap rates for companies that provide interstate phone service to prison inmates. Making a choice between communicating with a loved one or paying for every day necessities is one our constituents should never have to make. NBCSL applauds her steadfastness, serving as the voice for inmates and families across the country suffering from exorbitant connection fees. As Acting Chair, Commissioner Clyburn also looked to address employee morale during the 16-day shutdown and privacy issues of mobile users.

Commissioner Clyburn used her Chairmanship to highlight important social issues and pass sweeping policies that affect all Americans. We look forward to continuing to collaborate and work with you and all Commissioners on creating telecommunications policies that positively impact our communities."

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