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Senate Confirms Genachowski as FCC Chairman


The Senate voted Thursday to confirm the nominations of Julius Genachowski as the new Chairman of the FCC and a second term for Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell. Genachowski, a technology vet and former Harvard classmate of President Obama, replaces Acting Chairman Michael Copps. Genachowski previously served as former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt's chief legal counsel and as a staff member under the Clinton administration from 1994-97.

Commenting on Genachowski's appointment, McDowell said, "I congratulate Julius Genachowski on his confirmation by the Senate to be Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. As many have noted, the agency stands to benefit from Julius' strong background in both the public and private sectors. I look forward to working with him and his team as we move forward on the many matters facing American consumers and the Commission."

Copps said in a statement, "I congratulate Julius Genachowski on his Senate confirmation. I believe Julius brings just the right blend of talent, experience and dedication to lead the FCC toward the more active role it must play if all our citizens are to enjoy the blessings and bounties of Twenty-first century communications. I look forward to welcoming both Julius and his family into our FCC family. And I look forward to working with Julius and all my colleagues at the Commission in tenacious pursuit of a communications policy that truly puts the public interest first."

On the Robert McDowell Senate confirmation, Copps added, "I've said many times before how much I value Rob's friendship, his collegiality, and the dedicated way he goes about his work. Rob's many talents were evidenced during his first term here and I look forward to working with him during his second. Best wishes as well to his wonderful family -- I know that Rob's ability to serve at the Commission would not be possible without a team effort."

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.

Also on Thursday, the White House officially nominated Meredith Attwell Baker for the open Republican seat. If confirmed, she will replace Deborah Taylor Tate, who left earlier this year. The Obama administration also offically nominated Mignon Clyburn to succeed Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, who is leaving to take a post with the Department of Agriculture.

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