Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate Gigi Sohn Ends Bid for FCC Seat
Today, Benton Senior Fellow and Public Advocate Gigi Sohn withdrew her name for consideration to be a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission. The following statement may be attributed to Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Executive Director Adrianne B. Furniss:
“On October 25, 2021, I joined a chorus of voices celebrating President Biden’s wise choice for America’s broadband future. Having worked with her closely, I understand firsthand that Gigi Sohn is a smart, savvy, and talented leader who would have brought 30 years of relevant experience, an incredible intellect, and tremendous talent to the FCC to help guide our nation's communications future at such a pivotal time in history. Throughout her more than three decades of public interest advocacy, Ms. Sohn has demonstrated time and time again that she is a capable leader who can bring disparate voices together to find pragmatic approaches to some of the most challenging problems. It is exemplified by the more than 400 organizations, trade associations, and individuals who supported her candidacy to become an FCC Commissioner. We applaud her commitment to public services, her passion for extending affordable broadband to all Americans, her dedication to consumer protection, and her willingness to answer the President’s call for service. Americans deserve principled leaders who can stand up for consumers and the public interest.”
The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all people in the U.S. have access to competitive, High-Performance Broadband regardless of where they live or who they are. We believe communication policy - rooted in the values of access, equity, and diversity - has the power to deliver new opportunities and strengthen communities.
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