FCC Commissioners Now Literal Poster Boys for Big Telecom

Image: CTIA (Twitter)

The Wireless Association (CTIA) would like you to know that it really appreciates all the hard work the FCC has been doing this year on behalf of its clients: AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, and all the other telecom giants.

To commemorate the FCC’s achievements—namely, diminishing its own authority to advocate on behalf of consumers against some of the world’s largest and most powerful companies—CTIA has turned two of its biggest success stories, Republican FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly, into marketing props, which you can download or share on social media.

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What an honor!

Thanks, Brendan. And big ups on that award CTIA gave you last month, too.

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Keep up the great work, Mike.

Update, 9:15pm: Commissioner Carr has tweeted at me to point out that CTIA also tweet out quotes about 5G spectrum by Democratic Commissioners Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel. “I’m sure [you] would never let facts get in way of a narrative,” Nathan Leamer, an FCC policy adviser, told Gizmodo.

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Rosenworcel this week accused the agency of trying to ram through the $26.5 merger deal between Sprint and T-Mobile. Even though her Republican colleagues had already expressed support for the deal publicly, she had not been given access to the economic or legal analysis produced by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s office.

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“It looks like some backroom dealing,” she told the Senate Commerce Committee.

Carr and O’Rielly told the committee they hadn’t read the analyses, either. Their support for the merger is a forgone conclusion, nevertheless.

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