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For Immediate Release

Jen Howard, Free Press, (202) 265-1490 x22 or (703) 517-6273

Help Wanted: New FCC Chair


This week, advertisements sponsored by Free Press appeared in the classified sections of the Washington Post, Washington Times, Politico and The Hill seeking a new leader of the Federal Communications Commission.

"We're just doing our part to make sure that the next head of the FCC is looking out for the public interest," said Josh Silver,
executive director of Free Press. "The person who takes this job will
play a major role in transforming the media and shaping the future of
the Internet. We need someone whose priorities match the public's

Free Press is asking people to rank their top priorities for the next chief of the FCC at

"We'll be sure to pass along any good resumes," said Silver.

Full text of the advertisement below:


The American people seek a new leader at the Federal Communications
Commission to take media and technology policy into the 21st century.

This job requires a strong commitment to protecting the open
Internet, ensuring fast and affordable Internet access for all
Americans, and diversifying media ownership.

Applicant must be willing to hold long and unruly public hearings
and enjoy arcane telecom banter. Wardrobe malfunctions, NASCAR wreckage
and fleeting expletives are discouraged.

Public interest background strongly preferred. Industry lobbyists need not apply.

View the ad at

Free Press was created to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape our media. We believe that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what's actually happening in their communities.

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