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FCC Commissioner Meredith Baker Approves Comcast-NBC Merger, Wins Job at Comcast

Phillip Dampier May 11, 2011 Public Policy & Gov't 9 Comments

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting this afternoon that Republican FCC Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker, nominated to the FCC in mid-2009, is preparing to leave her duties to take a job with Comcast Corporation, just four months after voting for the controversial merger between NBC-Universal and the nation’s largest cable company — her new employer.

The newspaper reports Baker is expected to announce her departure as soon as this week for an unknown position at the Philadelphia-based cable giant. Comcast declined to comment, a company spokeswoman told the Journal.

This is the latest example of the revolving door that rotates people to and from the industries they regulate as government employees.  Baker was expected to be renominated for another term at the FCC.

Baker’s performance on the Commission was decidedly business-friendly, although at several points she seemed confused about the issues involved.  At a Tech Policy Summit held in January 2010, Baker suggested consumers paying for roaming while using mobile broadband would be an effective solution to ease congestion on wireless data networks.

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Duffin
Duffin
9 years ago

How is this not illegal? This should be illegal!

Brad Neuberg
9 years ago

If this isn’t illegal, it should be! It certainly looks bad for both the FCC and Comcast!

Tim
Tim
9 years ago

If there are people out there that DON’T think our government is rampant with corruption, they are living in a dream world. I agree, this should be illegal. Also it shows how morally bankrupt Meredith Attwater Baker is as a person. Way to sell us down the stream to our corporate overlords honey, appreciate it!!

Joe
Joe
9 years ago

And you STILL think that writing letters to FCC Commissioner’s, elected officials, etc. is going to have any effect what-so-ever???

Duffin
Duffin
9 years ago

But, Phil, my question is this: How do you show with your vote when the people you want to send a message to don’t care because they already got what they wanted, like this person?

Tim
Tim
9 years ago
Reply to  Duffin

My thoughts exactly. The people that do care are outnumbered by the people who don’t care, have no clue, or are part of the problem.

JB
JB
9 years ago

Absolutely effing disgusting. It’s a constant fight on all fronts between greedy vile corporations, government agencies run amok and the elected officials taking bribes/”campaign donations”. I’ll keep it up until the day I leave this earth, but it sure puts me in a sour mood more often than not these days.

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