Former FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly Joins Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute today announced that Michael O’Rielly, a former commissioner of the FCC, will join its Center for the Economics of the Internet as a visiting fellow.

“We are pleased to have an individual with Commissioner O’Rielly’s experience and insights join Hudson,” said Hudson Senior Fellow Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

Founded in 1961 by strategist Herman Kahn, the nonprofit Hudson Institute “challenges conventional thinking and helps manage strategic transitions to the future through interdisciplinary studies in defense, international relations, economics, health care, technology, culture and law,” according to the Washington-based group.

“I’m grateful to Dr. Furchtgott-Roth and Hudson Institute for the opportunity to continue pursuing work that helps shape sound telecommunications and technology policy through the center,” O’Rielly said.

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O’Rielly recently concluded a long career in the U.S. federal government, serving on the FCC from 2013 to 2020.  Previously, he held key policy and leadership roles in the U.S. Senate (2003-13) and U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2003), including as a policy adviser in the Senate Republican Whip Office under Senators Kyl and Cornyn.

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tvn-member-3011604 says:

January 6, 2021 at 12:46 pm

So is the Hudson Institute the place where discarded FCC commissioners go to live out their lives? First, Harold Furchtgott-Roth and now Michael O’Rielly? Looking at their website, it appears that the Hudson Institute is nothing more than a think tank so at least O’Rielly is in a place where he can’t do any damage.

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