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Former Democratic FCC Commissioner Joins Soros Open Society Foundations

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Former Democratic commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Mignon Clyburn (Ron Sachs/AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 08:53 AM

George Soros's Open Society Foundations has announced that former Democratic commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Mignon Clyburn is joining the group, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Clyburn, who is the daughter of South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn, will help the group to advance "economic and social justice." She had served on the FCC since 2009, before stepping down in April.

As she left, Clyburn told Ars Technica that the FCC’s Republican majority is prioritizing the desires of corporations over customers, which she said is in opposition to the FCC’s top priority, as stated by the Communications Act, to make sure all Americans have affordable, efficient and effective access to communications services.

Clyburn added that "I don’t believe it’s accidental that we are called regulators. Some people at the federal level try to shy away from that title. I embrace it."

She acknowledged that deregulation is not bad in markets with robust competition, since competition itself can protect customers, but she explained “that is just not the case" in broadband.

Despite her protests, the FCC’s Republican majority declared, as part of its decision to eliminate net neutrality rules, that broadband is not a telecommunications service and thus should not be subject to common carrier regulation.

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George Soros's Open Society Foundations has announced that former Democratic commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission Mignon Clyburn is joining the group, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
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