APTS Congratulates Tom Wheeler and Michael O'Rielly on their Confirmation to the FCC

WASHINGTON — October 31, 2013 — The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) today praised the confirmation of Tom Wheeler as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Michael O’Rielly as a Commissioner of the FCC.

“Tom Wheeler has been a leader in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years, and he is extraordinarily well qualified to serve as chairman of the FCC,” said APTS president Patrick Butler. “We in public television look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler on a broad range of issues, and we congratulate him on his confirmation.

“We are also delighted by the confirmation of Michael O’Rielly as an FCC Commissioner,” Butler said. “Mr. O’Rielly has earned the trust of many of the most senior leaders of our government for his wise counsel, good judgment and broad knowledge of communications issues, and we believe the FCC is now extraordinarily well equipped to deal successfully with its challenging agenda. We also commend Acting Chairman Mignon for her superb leadership of the agency in these last several eventful months and Commissioners Rosenworcel and Pai for their stalwart service on a shorthanded Commission.”

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The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. Through its affiliate APTS Action, APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.