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Obama nominates tech executive to be FCC chair

by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) March 3, 2009
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated veteran technology executive Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the powerful regulatory Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

"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," he said.

Genachowski, 46, a former Harvard Law School classmate, served as Obama's chief high-tech adviser during his presidential campaign.

He worked for eight years at Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp and as a venture capitalist with Rock Creek Ventures and Launchbox Digital.

Genachowski also served as an adviser to the FCC chairman during the administration of former president Bill Clinton.

Genachowski's first challenge will be to supervise the June shift from analog to digital television broadcasting in the United States.

US television stations are to cease analog transmissions and broadcast only in digital form in June, requiring consumers who rely on over-the-air signals to install converter boxes.

Obama has also made extending high-speed broadband Internet coverage throughout the United States one of the priorities of his administration.

FCC commissioners serve five-year terms on the five-member panel. Genachowski's nomination is subject to approval by the Senate.

Acting FCC chairman Michael Copps welcomed Genachowski's nomination.

"Julius has the knowledge, experience and dedication to lead this agency forward as we tackle the many challenges confronting the country -- and the commission," he said in a statement.

"I look forward to the prospect of working with him on a communications agenda focused on serving consumers and the public interest."

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