The organization that founded “Free Speech Week” has named former FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly as a senior fellow.
The Media Institute said O’Rielly will also become a member of its First Amendment Advisory Council.
The nonprofit organization describes itself as nonpartisan and “working to advance sound communications policy, freedom of speech, and excellence in journalism.”
“During his tenure at the FCC, Commissioner O’Rielly was known for his dedication to streamlining the regulatory process, eliminating outdated regulations, promoting competition and innovation, and defending the First Amendment,” the organization said.
O’Rielly, a Republican who was nominated to the FCC by Pres. Barack Obama, was a commissioner from 2013 to 2020. He is a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet and principal at MPORielly Consulting LLC.
The announcement was made by The Media Institute Pres. Richard T. Kaplar.