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Genachowski to head FCC

Fri, 01/09/2009 - 7:30am
Brian Santo
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The next Chairman of the FCC is going to be Julius Genachowski, according to sources familiar with the choice.

That Genachowski was a leading candidate for the position was first reported several weeks ago by The Washington Post (story here).

Genachowski, currently a venture capitalist, served as chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. He also attended law school at Harvard with Barack Obama and led the development of the president-elect’s technology and innovation agenda.

Obama has said little about his agenda for the communications industry. He has taken positions common with most recent politicians: He wants to promote universal broadband Internet access to all Americans and is an advocate of net neutrality, though what is meant by net neutrality remains undefined.

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