FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi to Leave Agency

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U.S. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski to leave agency
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The chairman of the FCC is leaving the agency, reports said Thursday evening.

Julius Genachowski, a Democrat appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, plans to announce his resignation tomorrow, according to Bloomberg. His departure creates a second vacancy on the five-member Federal Communications Commission; on Wednesday, commissioner Robert McDowell, senior member of the FCC's Republican minority, said he would step down in the coming weeks after a seven-year tenure. Genachowski said then he had "no news" on his own intentions, although Reuters reported that he was "widely expected to leave in coming months as well."

McDowell's announcement perhaps freed up Genachowski to resign, since it meant the chairman could leave without creating a 2-2 split between the panel's Democratic and Republican members. The Obama administration can now put forward two nominees at once, one from each party, paving the way for a smooth Senate confirmation.

As chairman, Genachowski focused on expanding access to mobile broadband, in contrast to his predecessors. He opposed AT&T's (T) proposed takeover of mobile carrier T-Mobile USA, on the grounds that the acquisition would have anti-competitive consequences and be bad for consumers. Engadget notes that he expressed concern over the government's harsh stance on phone-locking. And his FCC "levied no fines for broadcast indecency," Bloomberg reports, "after a flurry of penalties under Republican chairmen from 2003 to 2008."

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jlf0425

In my area near Portland, Oregon the progressive radio shows have completely disappeared, replaced by the sports crap that never, ever ends, 24 hours daily. We need some radio justice and a judgement against Clear Channel for refusing to permit liberal talkers.

March 22 2013 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Archie

Oh no! There goes another socialist.........only to be replaced by another.

March 22 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
juststeve35

A paper tiger of marginal effectiveness, efficiency and usefulness....

If we have to close SOMETHING due to the Sequester, why not start here???

March 22 2013 at 11:20 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
David

Now, maybe they will go after the traitor Al Gore!

March 22 2013 at 8:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mbjork63

This is just another fine example of a branch of gov. that needs to be eliminated.

March 22 2013 at 7:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
leearlenew

This is a surprise.

I was not aware anyone was running the FCC.

Congress needs to appoint the next Chairman.

March 21 2013 at 10:33 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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cherokee

I agree with you but the president get to do the job.

March 21 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat

Too funny! Thanks....I needed that giggle this morning.

March 22 2013 at 11:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply