Charles D. Ferris

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Charles D. Ferris (born 1931) served as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from October 17, 1977 to February 4, 1981.[1] While most scholars look the term of Reagan appointee Mark S. Fowler as the beginning of telecommunications deregulation, deregulation actually began with Ferris. The most significant effect Ferris had on the FCC was shifting the Commission's reasoning from legal and technical to an economic one [2]

Charles Ferris
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
October 17, 1977 – February 4, 1981

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Richard Wiley
Succeeded by Robert Lee
Personal details
Born 1931
Political party Democratic


  1. ^ "Commissioners from 1934 to Present". Federal Communications Commission. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  2. ^ Jung, Donald. (1993). The Federal Communications Commission, the broadcast industry, and the Fairness Doctrine 1981-1987. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Richard E. Wiley
Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
October 1977–February 1981
Succeeded by
Robert E. Lee