Abernathy to leave commission Dec. 9

In a statement, Kathleen Abernathy pointed to reliance on market competition and efforts to promote more efficient use of spectrum as accomplishments during her tenure as an FCC commissioner
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Kathleen Abernathy will step down from her position as an FCC commissioner Dec. 9.

In a statement, Abernathy pointed to “the wisdom of relying on competition, rather than regulation” to deliver affordable telecommunications services to consumers as a significant accomplishment of the commission during her 4.5 years with the federal agency.

The FCC’s market-driven orientation has “helped create a vibrant market” for wireless and wired telecommunications services, she said. She also pointed to the commission’s “spectrum reform initiatives” during her tenure as improving the nation’s “ability to put this scarce resource to its most effective use.”

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