Mignon Clyburn to leave the FCC

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn has announced her resignation at what she called her final public meeting. Clyburn, who joined the Commission in 2009 and served as Acting Chairman in 2013, did not give a specific date for her departure but said she will be leaving before the May 10th Open Meeting, adding, “I’ve done all I know to do, and it’s time for me to serve in another way.”

Clyburn has repeatedly opposed efforts by the Republican-led FCC under Donald Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to end net neutrality rules and loosen media ownership limits and other regulations. In December, she told Internet users that with the end of net neutrality, “The agency that is supposed to protect you is abandoning you.”

NAB Pres./CEO Gordan Smith offered the following statement: “Mignon Clyburn has served the Commission with distinction, dedication and humility over the past eight years. She has been a passionate voice on behalf of consumers and a champion of diversity in the media marketplace during her tenure. NAB and AMERICA’s broadcasters wish Commissioner Clyburn well on her future path.”

Chairman Ajit Pai, frequently at odds with Clyburn during their tenure on the Commission together, said in a statement, “I congratulate Commissioner Clyburn on her distinguished tenure at the FCC. She has been a tremendous leader and a committed public servant throughout her time here. As the first woman to head the agency, she led skillfully through a transition and put her stamp on the Commission, including through her steadfast leadership in telehealth, media diversity, and digital inclusion. I have enjoyed working with her and, even when we have not seen eye-to-eye on policy, I have always held her candor and thoughtfulness in the highest regard. She’s been a wonderful colleague and friend. I wish her nothing but the best and sincerely thank her for her service.”

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