Changing of Guard at FCC

Friday, May 17 is FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski’s final day in that post. He will be transitioning into the role of senior fellow at the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. While President Obama’s new nominee for Chairman, Tom Wheeler, awaits Senate confirmation, current FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will step in as Acting Chairwoman. Clyburn will be the first woman to lead the agency. 

Earlier this month, Commissioner Clyburn stated, “I thank President Obama for this incredible and historic honor…. I am committed to continuing the FCC’s strong record of promoting competition, investment, and advancing the public interest.”

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell is also departing from the agency on Friday to become a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Economics of the Internet. President Obama has not yet announced a nominee to replace McDowell, though it is anticipated that the Republican nominee will be packaged with Wheeler’s nomination to smooth the Senate confirmation process.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 17, 2013