Obama Reportedly Picks Genachowski to Head FCC
President-Elect Barack Obama has settled on technology adviser and venture capitalist Julius Genachowski to replace Kevin Martin as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing Democratic sources.
Genachowski, who had advised Obama on technology issues during the campaign and transition, is a supporter of net neutrality and affordable broadband access, and an opponent of media ownership consolidation. He requires Senate confirmation.
In his sit-down with CEA President/CEO Gary Shapiro during International CES on Saturday, Martin's advice to the next FCC chairman was to be willing to make the hard decisions, and avoid going back to telecommunications policies of years past.