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. 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 [1]


  1. ^ 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