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FCC’s Baker, Heading to Comcast, Doesn’t Vote at Agency Meeting

May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Republican Meredith Attwell Baker, who is leaving the Federal Communications Commission to join Comcast Corp.’s Washington office, didn’t participate in votes at the agency today.

Baker, 42, who in January voted to let the largest U.S. cable company buy NBC Universal, is to leave the agency June 3 to represent NBC Universal in Washington.

“She won’t be participating in consideration of today’s items,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, said as the agency’s monthly meeting in Washington began. He called Baker “a valued colleague and friend.”

The agency on a 4-0 vote proposed rules for companies to report outages of Internet services, including telephone calls. Cable companies led by Philadelphia-based Comcast offer Internet and calling services.

Baker declined to comment.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Allan Holmes at aholmes25@bloomberg.net

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