Genachowski Nominated as FCC Chairman

Posted March 3, 2009 at 2:05pm

President Barack Obama is nominating Julius Genachowski to be the next Federal Communications Commission chairman, the White House announced Tuesday.

“I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,— Obama said in a statement. “He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service.—

Genachowski, a former FCC lawyer and Supreme Court clerk, is a technology executive with close ties to Obama’s political circles in Chicago.

A one-time law clerk to Clinton administration lawyer and former federal judge Abner Mikva — one of Obama’s earliest political mentors in the Windy City — Genachowski graduated from Harvard Law School and was once a House aide for now-Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Considered a staunch proponent of so-called net neutrality policies championed by Internet giants like Google, Genachowski’s nomination, long expected, also has been widely praised by television broadcasters.

“Julius Genachowski has a keen intellect, a passion for public service, and a deep understanding of the important role that free and local broadcasting plays in American life,— David Rehr, chief executive officer of the National Association of Broadcasters, said recently in a statement.