WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 3, 2019 – Patrick Butler, president and chief executive officer of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), issued the following statement on the confirmations of Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks to serve as commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
“America’s Public Television Stations congratulate Commissioner Brendan Carr on his confirmation to a second term and Geoffrey Starks on his confirmation to an inaugural term as members of the Federal Communications Commission.”
“Commissioner Carr has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring that every American, including the millions living in rural America, has access to modern communications services – a commitment public television shares as we serve more than 97 percent of the American people, including in areas where broadcasting and broadband services are not economical for our commercial colleagues.
“Commissioner Starks brings an impressive background in public service and private practice to his new responsibilities, and we are delighted that someone so well qualified will bring the Commission to its full complement of five commissioners.
“We look forward to working with Commissioners Carr and Starks to ensure a smooth post-auction channel repacking process, reform the broadcast regulatory structure to reflect the realities of the 21st century, and advance public television’s missions of education, public safety and civic leadership.”
America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization ensuring a strong and financially sound public television system and helping member stations provide essential public services in education, public safety and civic leadership to the American people. For more information, visit www.apts.org.