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FCC names new liaison with Congress

Mike Dabbs is headed for the Federal Communications Commission to serve as the agency’s primary communications contact with Congress.

For the past five years, Dabbs headed up federal government affairs for Applied Materials, Inc., a supplier to the semiconductor industry.

In his new position, Dabbs will lead the FCC’s office of legislative affairs which provides lawmakers regarding FCC regulatory decisions, responds to Congressional inquiries, answers policy questions and assist lawmakers with constituent concerns.

“The work of OLA is critical to achieving the FCC’s mission,” said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who announced the appointment Wednesday. “Mike’s experience on the Hill and in the high-tech sector makes him a terrific addition to the FCC team.”

With Republicans in Congress gunning for the FCC’s net neutrality order and process reform, Dabbs will have his work cut out for him.

Dabbs will work with deputy director Andrew Wolfling, who has has served as acting deputy director since April.

Prior to Applied Materials, Dabbs was director of government affairs for the Information Technology Industry Council. He also spent five years on Capitol Hill where he was legislative director for Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.)