President Obama nominates Tom Wheeler as subsequent FCC Chairman
Not that there was a lot doubt after yesterday, however President Obama has simply formally nominated Tom Wheeler to be the subsequent Chairman of the FCC. In a press release, outgoing Chairman Julius Genachowski says that he has recognized Wheeler personally and professionally for nearly 20 years, and says that together with his “deep coverage experience and his first-hand expertise as a know-how investor, he’s an outstanding option to advance the FCC’s mission of selling innovation, funding, competitors, and shopper safety.” A lot of that have comes from Wheeler’s position as a enterprise capitalist and lobbyist, which has up till now included spots on the boards of corporations like Roundbox, UpdateLogic, Twisted Pair Options, EarthLink and TNS — plus earlier tenures at each the NCTA and CTIA. He is additionally been publicly commenting on a variety of points on his Cellular Musings weblog, which noticed its final entry in December of final yr. As anticipated, present FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will function interim Chair pending Wheeler’s affirmation.
STATEMENT FROM FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW FCC LEADERSHIP
“As we speak President Obama introduced his intent to appoint Tom Wheeler to function Chairman of the Federal Communications Fee and designate Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to function Appearing Chairwoman upon my departure. These are wonderful choices, and I commend the President. “I’ve had the pleasure of understanding Tom personally and professionally for nearly 20 years. I used to be happy to nominate Tom as Chairman of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council in 2010, and underneath his management the TAC has made robust contributions to the FCC’s work, together with on unleashing spectrum for cellular, eradicating limitations to non-public funding, and strengthening our cyber safety. At this thrilling time on this necessary sector, I can attest to Tom’s dedication to harness the facility of communications know-how to enhance individuals’s lives, to drive our international competitiveness, and to advance the general public curiosity. The FCC’s position has by no means been extra important, and with Tom’s deep coverage experience and his first-hand expertise as a know-how investor, he’s an outstanding option to advance the FCC’s mission of selling innovation, funding, competitors, and shopper safety.
“Tom can be an incredible FCC Chairman, and I urge his swift affirmation.
“It has been an excellent honor and pleasure to serve with Commissioner Clyburn for the previous 4 years. Mignon is a robust, skilled, and considerate chief. She has distinguished herself via her work to modernize common service and promote competitors, and as a champion for closing America’s digital divide. With this appointment, Mignon may also distinguish herself as the primary lady to steer the FCC. I congratulate my pal and colleague on this honor.
“With this nomination and appointment, once I depart in mid-Might, I will be leaving a revitalized FCC in nice arms.”