Michael O'Rielly

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Michael O'Rielly
Michael O'Rielly official photo.jpg
Commissioner of the
Federal Communications Commission
Assumed office
November 4, 2013
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Robert M. McDowell[1]
Personal details
Born Lockport, New York[2]
Political party Republican Party[3]
Alma mater University of Rochester
Website Official website

Michael O'Rielly is a member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency of the United States government. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in August, 2013[3] and was confirmed on October 29, 2013, taking office on November 4, 2013.[4] He was nominated to complete the term of outgoing commissioner Robert M. McDowell which ended on June 30, 2014. He was renominated and reconfirmed by the Senate and will serve in the role until June 30, 2019.[1][5]


O'Rielly began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995. He then served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

From 2003 to 2009, O'Rielly worked in the office of U.S. Senator John E. Sununu, where he served as the Senior Legislative Assistant and later the Legislative Director. From 2009 to 2010, O'Rielly worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues. From 2010 to 2013, O'Rielly worked in the office of the Senate Republican Whip as a policy advisor for U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and as a policy advisor, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Policy Director for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.


During his term as FCC Commissioner, O'Rielly voted against a proposal that would reclassify Internet service providers as Title II Common Carriers and impose net neutrality rules,[6] a proposal that would overturn state laws that prevent Internet service providers from competition from municipal broadband providers,[7] a proposal to change the technical definition of "broadband Internet" from at least 4Mbps to at least 25Mbps,[8] a proposal to use the LifeLine phone service subsidy program to subsidize broadband access to poor people,[9] and a 2015 ruling that expanded consumer protections against Robodialers.[10]

Commissioner O'Rielly speaking at the 32nd Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation presented by PLI/FCBA


Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.[4]


  1. ^ a b R. J. Quianzon (2013-10-30). ": Michael O'Rielly". CommLawBlog. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  2. ^ O'Rielly, Michael (September 18, 2013). "Statement of Michael P. O’Rielly Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation September 18, 2013". Senate Committee Testimony. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Retrieved 2014-01-13. By way of background, I was born and raised in a small city located on the Erie Canal, just outside Buffalo, New York. ... The people of Lockport are hearty, hard working, holders of strong faith, and fans of the Buffalo Bills. 
  3. ^ a b "Obama picks O'Rielly for Republican FCC seat". TheHill. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Commissioner Michael O’Rielly". FCC.gov. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  5. ^ Kim, Anne L. (17 December 2014), "Senate Confirms FCC’s O’Rielly", Roll Call, retrieved 27 February 2015 
  6. ^ Jon Brodkin (26 Feb 2015). "FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II". Ars Technica. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Jon Brodkin (26 Feb 2015). "FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition". Ars Technica. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Jon Brodkin (29 Jan 2015). "FCC chairman mocks industry claims that customers don’t need faster Internet". Ars Technica. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Mark Wigfield (18 June 2015). "FCC Takes Steps to Modernize and Reform Lifeline for Broadband" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Eggerton, John (18 June 2015). "FCC Clarifies Robocall Rules". Retrieved 22 July 2015.