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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).

February 11, 1998


Regina M. (Gina) Keeney, Chief of the International Bureau, announced today that she is leaving the Commission on March 5 to run the Washington office of Dell Computer.

"Gina is an exceptional public servant, one who combines great intellect and dedication with a warm personality," said Chairman Kennard. "I speak for Commission colleagues both past and present in expressing our profound appreciation for her leadership and her extraordinary accomplishments."

During her four and a half years with the Commission, Keeney served as chief of three bureaus and played a major role in shaping many of the Commission's most significant policy initiatives.

She joined the Commission in 1994 as the first Chief of the newly-created Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Under her leadership, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau conducted the first highly successful spectrum auction, generating more than $7 billion for the U.S. Treasury.

In 1995, she was appointed Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau. Under her leadership, the Bureau spearheaded the Commission's implementation of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996. While she was chief, the Bureau met every deadline for implementing the numerous challenging proceedings called for in the Act, including rulemakings on interconnection, universal service, and access charge reform.

FCC Chairman Kennard appointed Keeney Chief of the International Bureau in 1997. As Chief, she was responsible for policy regarding international telecommunications facilities and services, licensing of satellites, and the implementation of the ground-breaking WTO Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services as well as the Commission's International Accounting Rates Benchmark Order. The results of these efforts have already yielded direct savings for U.S. consumers.

"It's been a great honor to serve in government during some of the most dynamic years in the history of communications policy," said Keeney. "I am proud to have played a part in advancing competition in the telecommunications industry and to have worked with so many dedicated public servants."

"The Supreme Court's ruling upholding the Commission's interconnection decision is the highest endorsement possible of Gina's work," said Chairman Kennard. "This ruling confirms that the Commission's work to facilitate competition will continue to deliver benefits to consumers. Gina's contributions to the Commission will continue to benefit consumers for years to come."

Before joining the FCC, Keeney served as the Senior Republican Counsel for Communications to the Senate Commerce Committee from 1985-1994. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.

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