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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


A. Richard Metzger, Jr. has announced that he will step down as Chief of the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau.

"Richard has made immense contributions to the work of the Commission for more than four years," said Chairman William Kennard. "As a primary architect of the Commission's common carrier policies, Richard has been instrumental in our implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He is also a great teacher and a friend. Though I am sad to see him go, I recognize that he has worked non- stop since coming to the FCC and certainly deserves to take a break."

Mr. Metzger served as Acting Chief, and then Chief, of the Common Carrier Bureau since September, 1997. Prior to that, he served as a Deputy Bureau Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau, supervising the work of the Competitive Pricing and Policy and Program Planning Divisions. In that capacity, Mr. Metzger oversaw the Divisions' work on interconnection, access charge reform, and 271 issues.

Prior to joining the Commission in December, 1993, Mr. Metzger was a member of the law firm of Rogers and Wells, resident in the Washington, D.C. office. His areas of emphasis in private practice included telecommunications, antitrust, and public utility regulation.

Mr. Metzger is a graduate of Williams College, Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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