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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


Michael Riordan, Chief Economist of the FCC since March 1997, will leave at the end of May and return to his position as Professor of economics at Boston University.

While at the FCC Riordan was involved in a wide range of matters before the Commission that required economic analysis, and was instrumental in developing the Commission's competitive analysis of the Bell Atlantic-Nynex merger and subsequent mergers.

He will be on sabbatical at Yale University next year pursing research on topics relevant for telecommunications policy.

FCC Chairman William Kennard said "Mike has continued a fine tradition of chief economists who have greatly strengthened the role of economic analysis at the FCC. Economics has always been important to the Commission's work, and it is especially so during this challenging transitional period as we steer a course toward a more competitive telecommunications marketplace. We thank Mike for his hard work and insightful advice."

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