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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

May 14, 1998


Kathryn C. Brown will be named Chief of the Commission's Common Carrier Bureau. The assignment will become effective June 7.

Since September 1995 she has been Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. In that position she was responsible for formulating and articulating the Administration's position on implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She was involved in advancing positions before the FCC on interconnection pricing and unbundling, universal service support for high cost areas, lifeline and discounts for school, libraries and rural health care senters, access charge reform, DTV, children's television, internet telephony and spectrum auctions.

From August 1992 to August 1995 she was Director of the Consumer Services Division of the New York State Public Service Commission. In that capacity she advised the PSC on the Rochester Open Markets Plan and was involved in various competitive entry issues.

Prior positions included managing Attorney and Litigation Attorney with the Office of General Counsel, New York State Public Service Commission; Deputy Clerk of the Court, and Legal Research Assistant, New York State Court of Appeals.

FCC Chairman William Kennard said, "The FCC is very fortunate to have someone with Kathy's extensive background in telecommunications, state PSC and consumer issues. We will call upon all aspects of her expertise as we continue implementation of the 1996 Act."

Brown is a graduate of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, and holds a J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law.

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