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FCC Dem commish Ness resigns

Official was appointed by Clinton in '94

Federal Communications Commission member Susan Ness announced Thursday that she will resign her post by June 1.

Ness, a Democrat, has been an FCC commissioner since her appointment by then-President Bill Clinton in May 1994.

President George W. Bush last week announced his intention to nominate three new commissioners — Michael Copps, Kevin Martin and Kathleen Abernathy — to replace Ness, William Kennard and Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

‘Orderly transition’

“Although I do not know when the President will formally nominate or the Senate will confirm these excellent choices, I believe that an orderly transition is best accomplished by announcing when my time with the commission will end,” Ness said in a statement.

She also expressed her appreciation to her colleagues on the commission as well as Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.

Powell’s praise

FCC chairman Michael Powell noted that Ness “has served this agency and the American people very well over the past seven years. I personally appreciated her friendship and professional guidance during the time we have served together.”

Ness was known in the communications industry as the FCC’s “international commissioner” and had become an expert in the intricacies of domestic and global spectrum allocation.

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