The following is a statement by Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, on the passing of former FCC commissioner James Quello. Quello, who died on January 24, was the longest-serving commissioner and an interim chairman. He retired from the commission in 1997.
"Jim Quello embodied the ideal of public service. He was a true friend and mentor to hundreds of men and women in public life and industry. In addition to his many accomplishments as a leader in the broadcast industry and at the Federal Communications Commission, he will be remembered for his big heart, ever-young mind and wonderful wit."