For Immediate Release - June 21, 2009


BOSTON- June 17, 2009 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced his selection of Geoffrey Why as the new Commissioner of the Department of Telecommunications and Cable.

Why has been General Counsel in the Department since October 2007. The Department's mission is to support competition in the telecommunications and cable industries, and to protect the public interest by ensuring the industries adhere to state regulations.

"Geoffrey has a great deal of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries, and understands the importance of consumer protection and advocacy," said Governor Patrick. "I am confident he will put his considerable skill and talent to good use as the new Commissioner."

Throughout his career, Why has been involved in important actions regarding industry practices and consumer protections. He investigated and obtained a settlement against three cell phone service providers, which included a $5 million payment where the companies allegedly engaged in deceptive advertising, provided inadequate disclosures at point-of-sale and utilized unclear billing statements. He also led a multi-state investigation that resulted in a settlement with three national leasing companies who financed fraudulent software and telecommunications equipment and services.

"I am honored to be chosen by Governor Patrick for this important position," Why said. "I look forward to continuing the Department of Telecommunications and Cable's efforts to protect the interests of consumers while regulating a vibrant marketplace for the industry."

Before joining the Department in 2007, Why served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General Office's Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division from April 2001 through October 2007. He also served in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appellate Division, from September 1998 through April 2001.

Why is active in a number of community groups, including the Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission. He is a graduate of Boston College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and philosophy, and Boston College Law School. He lives in Watertown.