Obama Picks Fan of Net Neutrality to Head FCC
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The news is out that Obama intends to nominate his technology adviser, Julius Genachowski to head the FCC.
During the campaign, Genachowski promoted a detailed technology and innovation plan that supports net neutrality protections, expansion of affordable broadband and media-ownership rules that encourage more diversity.
The 46-year-old Genachowski served as chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt from 1994-1997. He is also the co-founder of Rock Creek Ventures and LaunchBox Digital, a special adviser at General Atlantic, and a member of various boards of directors and advisers. From 1997-2005, he was a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp, variously serving as chief of business operations, general counsel and a member of the office of the chairman.
Genachowski was responsible for the Obama campaign technology plan, diaried here by Nuisance Industry. The highlights of that agenda include an open Internet -- Net Neutrality, encouraging media diversification, strengthening privacy rights of consumers, and expanding affordable broadband access across the country. It's an ambitious and excellent plan that the telcos are going to hate.