President Names Susan Ness as Member of the Federal Communications Commission
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                      December 18,


     President Clinton today announced the recess appointment of Susan Ness
to serve as a Member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The
nomination of Ms. Ness was sent to the Senate on July 19, 1999.  This
position is vital to the daily operation of the FCC.

     Ms. Susan Ness of Bethesda, Maryland has served the FCC since 1994 and
has been its senior Commissioner since November 1997.  She served
throughout the FCC?s implementation of the landmark Telecommunications Act
of 1996 and currently chairs the Federal-State Joint Board responsible for
addressing universal telephone service issues.  Additionally, Ms. Ness was
the FCC?s senior representative at the 1995, 1997, and 2000 World
Radiocommunication Conferences.  Prior to her FCC appointment, Ms. Ness was
Senior Lender, then Group Headof the Communications Industries Division of
American Security Bank from 1983 to 1992.   From 1977 to 1982, Ms. Ness was
a consultant in the areas of consumer credit and government relations in
Washington, D.C.  From 1978 to 1981, Ms. Ness was the Founder and Director
of the Judicial Appointments Project for the National Women?s Political
Caucus.  Ms. Ness also served as Assistant Counsel to the Committee on
Banking, Currency, and Housing in the U.S. House of Representatives from
1975 to 1977.  Currently, Ms. Ness is a member of the District of Columbia
Bar, Federal Communications Bar Association, Leadership Washington, and the
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Committee on

     Ms. Ness received her B.A. from Douglass College, J.D. cum laude from
Boston College Law School, and M.B.A. from the Wharton School.

     The FCC is an independent agency established by Congress to oversee
interstate and international communications, including wireline, broadcast,
cable, satellite, and wireless services.  Without a member, the FCC is
greatly hindered in fulfilling its mission.


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