FCC Chair Genachowski to Step Down
Julius Genachowski, who has for four years led the Federal Communications Commission, today announced his imminent departure from the organization. He will leave his post in the coming weeks, said the FCC. Genachowski was appointed to the post in 2009 by President Barack Obama. The FCC regulates radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable-based communications within the U.S., certifies telecommunications equipment for use in the U.S., and manages spectrum allocation and licensing. Genachowski's tenure has been marked by the accelerated move away from copper-based telecommunications to IP and broadband-based networks. Four candidates are on deck to replace Genshowski, reported the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this week, FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell announced his plans to leave the FCC. The President will have to fill the two seats vacated by Genachowski and McDowell. The FCC is managed by five commissioners.
Trump Renominates Pai to Serve As FCC Chair
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Resign In January
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
Trump Rounds Out FCC with Brendan Carr Nomination
President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr to fill the fifth and final Commissioner role at the FCC. Brendan Carr, a Republican, joins Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and Chairman Ajit Pai, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority over Democrat Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.
Sorry to see him go