Issa has questions about FCC commissioner’s move to Comcast

By Laurie Bennett

May 21, 2011 at 10:52am

Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is questioning the job change of former FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Issa said it had appeared that the rules had been followed. “Nevertheless,” he wrote, “because only a short time has passed since the Comcast-NBC Universal merger, it is imperative that the public can trust the integrity of the process.”

As we noted in a May 12 story, Baker left the commission just four months after voting to approve a merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. After the vote she called for changes in government oversight, including a speeding up of the process and less stringent oversight of online video.

Baker is the daughter-in-law of James Baker III, former treasury secretary, secretary of state and chief of staff to George H.W. Bush.

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