Meredith Attwell Baker, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission, will resign her post and join the lobbying team at Comcast this June, the corporation announced today. One of two Republicans on the FCC and an Obama appointee, Baker will serve as Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs. According to Comcast's press release, she's "excited to serve," and they're excited to have her "perfect set of skills" to defend Comcast's interests in Washington.
You might remember Baker's name from her involvement in the controversial merger of Comcast and NBC Universal earlier this year. Baker voted in favor of the merger and even expressed public disappointment that the FCC delayed the deal for as long as it did. As may be expected, media reform groups expressed public outrage upon hearing today's news. Free Press chief Craig Aaron released this statement:
As recently as March, Commissioner Baker gave a speech lamenting that review of the Comcast-NBC deal 'took too long.' What we didn't know then was that she was in such a rush to start picking out the drapes in her new corner office. No wonder the public is so nauseated by business as usual in Washington…
Baker declared in a statement of her own, "[Reform] is the most important step we can take to ensure our nation’s competitiveness in an increasingly interconnected world."