FCC Nominee's Hearings Set For Tuesday
The long-delayed confirmation hearings of Julius Genachowski, President Obama's nominee to chair the FCC, are finally set to begin Tuesday. Commissioner Robert McDowell will also face hearings for re-appointment to the commission, before the Senate Commerce Committee.
A former technology adviser and venture capitalist, Genachowski was named to the post in March, although word had leaked that he would be appointed in the days before the president was inaugurated in January. If confirmed Genachowski, who advised Obama on technology issues during the 2008 campaign, will replace Kevin Martin as FCC chairman.
Genachowski is considered a supporter of net neutrality and affordable broadband access, and an opponent of media ownership consolidation.