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CTIA Names Former FCC Commissioner as new CEO

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A former Commissioner on the US telecoms regulator is taking over as the CEO of the mobile industry's own lobbying body, the CTIA.

Meredith Attwell Baker left the FCC in 2011, and joined Comcast just four months later to assist in its lobbying efforts. That was a controversial decision due to the short delay between leaving the regulator, and joining a the other side of the regulatory fight.

She is now to take over at the head of the CTIA, replacing long standing CEO, Steve Largent, who announced his retirement last October. Largent has served as President and CEO since November 2003.

"I plan to bring new ideas and new initiatives to the association that will take it from good to great. We will recruit and keep the best and brightest experts in spectrum and wireless communications," Baker commented. "CTIA must be the 'go to' organization on wireless issues for both industry and government."

Prior to the FCC, Baker was Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information as well as the Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). President George W. Bush named her Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in 2007.

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