Free Press Asks FCC Commissioners to Take AT&T/T-Mobile Pledge


Free Press, critical of Republican FCC commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker's exit to Comcast/NBCU, sent a letter to the four remaining commissioners Thursday asking them to take a pledge that they would not seek a job with either AT&T or T-Mobile, the merger the agency is currently vetting.

Free Press, which has been a big critic of both the Comcast/NBCU and AT&T-T-Mobile deals, said: "We ask the commissioners to stand up and declare that they will not seek nor accept employment from AT&T or T-Mobile directly upon leaving their present posts. We ask for assurance that the FCC's commitment is to the public it serves and not to a big payday from potential future employers."

Elsewhere, former FCC National Broadband Plan czar Blair Levin, who had worked with Baker during that process, told C-SPAN in an interview Thursday that he would go even further. He said he thought there should be a new rule that no sitting commissioner should be allowed to interview for a private sector job with any company they had regulated. "If you go there to be a decisionmaker and the Senate confirms you, be a decisionmaker. And when you want to leave, leave."