Regulating The Regulators

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Government | No Comments

You’d think we’d want a law, not a pledge, but not even sure we’ll get that:

A media-reform group is demanding each of the FCC’s four commissioners publicly pledge that they won’t take a lobbying job with AT&T if they approve its proposed merger with T-Mobile.

Departing FCC commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker resigned her post last month to become the top lobbyist for the merged Comcast-NBC, just four months after she approved that merger. The departure of Baker, who exits Friday, is being examined by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Craig Aaron, president of Free Press, says the revolving-door between the FCC and the industries it regulates creates grave concerns ”about the public’s ability to trust in the integrity of the actions of the Federal Communications Commission.” On Thursday, he wrote chairman Julius Genachowski and commissioners Michael J. Copps, Robert McDowell and Mignon Clyburn and urged them to take a public vow that they won’t go to work for AT&T after reviewing the merger.

“We now live in a climate where the public has to ask their public servants not to work for the companies that they’re supposed to regulate,” he said in a telephone interview.

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