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Abernathy to resign from FCC

On Nov. 16, FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy sent a letter of resignation to President Bush. Her last day at the commission will be Dec. 9, 2005.

In a statement, Abernathy reflected on her 4.5 years at the FCC and touched on the actions that the FCC had taken in telecommunications, describing the work as being competition-driven instead of being based solely on regulation.

She noted that regulation was applied to "those comparatively few situations in which marketplace competition and informed consumer choice do not increase consumer welfare." She noted that emergency communications reliability and children's multichannel TV viewing choices are two of these situations.

President Bush has not yet hinted at any possible candidates for Abernathy's seat.

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