Julius Genachowski

After four and a half years running the F.C.C., Julius Genachowski is stepping down on Friday. He's had an eventful time: dealing with net neutrality, spectrum auctions, mergers, and David Ortiz's exhortative expletive on national TV. As Genachowski prepares to leave, he agreed to chat with The New Yorker about his legacy and what he hopes to see the F.C.C. do next.

The Consumer Electronics Association Wednesday praised the nomination of Tom Wheeler as the new FCC chairman. Wheeler was nominated by President Obama to replace Julius Genachowski.

Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the FCC for the past four years and an annual fixture at International CES, is departing his post, he announced last week. 

Julius Genachowski, who has served as FCC Chairman since 2009, is stepping down. The FCC has announced on its website that Genachowski will be leaving his position "in the coming weeks;" an official meeting will be held later this morning. The Chairman's term would have been over in July, but it's been rumored over the past week that he would step down early.

Before his appointment, Genachowski had a long history in Washington: in the 1980s, he worked for then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY) and served as staff for the committee investigating the Iran-Contra

CEA announced Thursday that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington will appear at "SuperSessions" this January at International CES.

Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn and Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski are headlining the Consumer Electronics Show's SuperSession line-up Jan. 10 to 13, with both set for one-on-one public discussions with Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.

"I am thrilled to discuss opportunities and challenges in CE retail with Brian Dunn, and to hear about crucial innovation issues in technology policy from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski," Shapiro said. "CES SuperSessions feature top-level experts, including Google's Eric Schmidt, sharing thought-provoking information about the state of the industry

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