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The Podium

Thursday, August 06

FCC Staffing Up

By Bruce Mehlman

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has announced the senior staff members who will help craft America’s National Broadband Plan. From the FCC press release:

“A brilliant team of senior staff has been assembled who possess the deep and wide-ranging expertise necessary to assess the nation’s broadband needs and help bring high speed, affordable broadband to all Americans,” Chairman Genachowski said. “I am grateful that these individuals have already proven their commitment to this daunting task by agreeing to work under the pressing deadline of delivering a plan to Congress by Feb. 17, 2010. Developing the National Broadband Plan will require enormous effort on the part of dozens of current FCC staff who will be enlisted to contribute their talents, ideas, and insights for this initiative. And I am delighted by the decision of so manyof others to set aside their successful ventures in the private sector to also join in serving the public interest. Broadband is our generation’s major infrastructure challenge and it is a top priorityto craft a National Broadband Plan that will unlock opportunity, foster innovation and investment, and improve the lives of all Americans.”

Read the full FCC press release (PDF).

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