FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker to Join Comcast
May 12, 2011
WASHINGTON: Meredith Attwell Baker is
leaving the Federal Communications Commission a month shy of the end of her
term. She’ll join Comcast as senior vice president of government affairs for NBCUniversal
on June 3. She was appointed to the commission by President Obama in June of
2009 and confirmed by Congress in July. Her current term expires at the end of
Attwell Baker joined three of her fellow commissioners in approving the merger
of Comcast and NBCUniversal in January. The vote included an unprecedented list
of conditions for a deal that also was without precedent. The takeover marked
the first time one of the major broadcast TV networks would be majority owned
by a pay-TV provider--the nation’s largest cable operator, at that. Democratic
Commissioner Michael Copps cast the lone dissenting vote.
Baker will be located in the Comcast/NBCUniversal government affairs office in
Washington, D.C., where she’ll report to Kyle McSlarrow, and will work closely
with Rick Cotton, NBCUniversal’s executive vice president and general counsel,
who continues to set strategic policy direction for NBCUniversal.
Bob Okun, NBCUniversal’s longtime head of government affairs, announced last
month he was leaving the company to open his own government affairs firm, the
Prior to serving on the commission, Baker was acting assistant secretary of
Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration under President
George W. Bush. She administered the agency’s analog-to-digital converter
box subsidy program.
She also held positions at
Mullen Strategies, Covad Communications and the Cellular Telecommunications
Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington & Lee University and
a law degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Texas State
Bar and worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit in Houston and with
the law firm of DeLange and Hudspeth, L.L.P.
See . . .
January 18, 2011: “Justice Department
OKs Comcast-NBCU With Strings Attached”
Justice said it was allowing the deal on the condition that Comcast license
programming to online competitors, subject itself to “anti-retaliation
provisions” and adhere to network neutrality requirements.
January 18, 2011:
Conditions Include 1,000 More Hours of News”
The Federal Communications Commission leveled seven-year conditions for its
approval of the joint venture combining Comcast and NBC Universal.