WASHINGTON – Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced her decision today to leave the Commission. The following statement should be attributed to Kathy Grillo, Verizon senior vice president and deputy general counsel, public policy and government affairs:
“Mignon Clyburn will leave an indelible mark on the FCC. In addition to making history by being the first woman to chair the FCC, throughout her tenure Commissioner Clyburn was a passionate and effective advocate for the public interest, with a particular eye towards looking out for those Americans most in need. Among other issues, Commissioner Clyburn showed strong leadership on such issues as strengthening the Lifeline program, reforming prison payphone rates, and addressing the digital divide.
“While we did not always agree on every issue, Commissioner Clyburn has always been a professional who was willing to listen, engage and work towards a potential compromise.
“I have no doubt Commissioner Clyburn will bring the same passion and commitment to her next endeavor. I am personally proud to have worked with her on several significant issues, and want to thank her for her hard work, passion and commitment.”