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Genachowski nommed for FCC gig

Obama taps candidate for org's top post

It’s finally official: President Obama has nommed Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Daily Variety, Jan. 14).

In formally confirming Genachowski’s nom, which was submitted to the Senate Commerce Committee in January, Obama praised him for having “diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service.”

Genachowski is a longtime friend and Harvard Law School classmate of Obama’s. He played a key role as a fund-raiser and adviser on telecom issues in Obama’s presidential campaign.

Genachowski previously worked at the FCC in the 1990s as an aide to then-chairman Reed Hundt and as a special counsel to the commission’s general counsel. After exiting the FCC in 1997, Genachowski spent seven years working as a top business development exec for various Barry Diller ventures. Most recently, he was co-founder of digital business incubator LaunchBox Digital and managing director at venture capital firm Rock Creek Ventures.

Genachowski’s appointment to the five-member FCC has to be confirmed by the Senate Commerce Committee. There was no immediate word on a timetable for his confirmation hearing.

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