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Clyburn and McDowell to Address NAB Show

FCC Commissioners to be joined by NAB board chairs Beasley and Burdick

Federal Communications Commission members Mignon Clyburn and Robert McDowell will participate in the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, on a panel called “FCC Talk: Conversation with the Commissioners,” held April 17 at 2:30 p.m.

The panel will address regulatory issues facing broadcasters, such as the creation of a national broadband strategy, something that Mignon Clyburn has spent a great deal of time with since she joined the FCC in 2009. NAB Chief Operating Officer Chris Ornelas will lead the conversation.

The two commissioners will be joined on the panel by two broadcasting industry leaders: Caroline Beasley, executive vice president and CFO of Beasley Broadcast Group, and Marci Burdick, senior vice president, Broadcast and Cable, Schurz Communications, Inc. Beasley is chairman of NAB’s Radio Board of Directors and Burdick is chair of the NAB Television Board.

Clyburn has a lengthy record of public service. The daughter of Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, she followed in her father’s footsteps, serving for 11 years as the representative of South Carolina’s sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina, before her appointment by Pres. Barack Obama to the FCC.

Robert McDowell was first appointed to a seat on the Commission by Pres. George W. Bush in 2006 and then reappointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama.

He brings to the table 16 years of private sector work in the communications industry, first as the executive vice president and general counsel of America’s Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA), and then as senior vice president for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel), an association representing competitive facilities-based telecommunications service providers and their supplier partners. ACTA merged with CompTel in 1999.