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Panel Approves Genachowski as New FCC Chairman


The Senate Commerce Committee voted Thursday, 24-1, to approve President Obama's nomination of Julius Genachowski to become Chairman of the FCC. If approved by the full Senate, the technology vet and former Harvard classmate of Obama will replace Kevin Martin, who left the agency on January 20. Genachowski, a former FCC staff member under the Clinton administration from 1994-97, previously served former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt's chief legal counsel.

Genachowski is a 20-year veteran of the telecommunications industry and has held various positions at IAC/InterActiveCorp, as well as other technology posts. Additionally, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court justices David Souter and William Brennan in the early 1990s.

The Committee also unanimously approved a second term for Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell.

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