THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
THE PRESIDENT NOMINATES WILLIAM E. KENNARD AND HAROLD W. FURCHTGOTT-ROTH TO THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Today the President nominated William E. Kennard and Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth to the Federal Communications Commission.
William E. Kennard, of Los Angeles, California, presently serves as General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, a position he has held since December, 1993. As General Counsel, Mr. Kennard serves as the FCC's principal legal advisor and represents the agency before the courts. Prior to serving as General Counsel, Mr. Kennard was a partner and member of the board of directors of the District of Columbia law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. At Verner Liipfert he specialized in communications law with an emphasis on regulatory and transactional matters for communications companies, including broadcasters, cable television operators, programmers and cellular telephone providers. Mr. Kennard has also served as Assistant General Counsel and as Legal Fellow for the National Association of Broadcasters. Mr. Kennard holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars. Mr. Kennard also serves as a member of the board of directors of Sasha Bruce Youthworks, a nonprofit homeless shelter serving the youth of the District of Columbia.
Harold W. Furchtgott-Roth, of Bethesda, Maryland, is Chief Economist for the House Committee on Commerce, which is responsible for telecommunications. Dr. Furchtgott-Roth was a Senior Economist for Economists Incorporated from 1988-1995, where he provided economic analysis for litigation and regulatory proceedings. Prior to this, Dr. Furchtgott-Roth served as Research Analyst for the Center for Naval Analyses. Dr. Furchtgott-Roth holds an S.B. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent agency established by Congress to oversee interstate and international communications including wireline, broadcast, cable, satellite and cellular services. The FCC is comprised of five individuals appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. By statute, no more than three members of any single political party may serve at one time.