General

Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton reports the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, which has been under the guidance of Rick Kaplan for the past year, will soon be taken over by Ruth Milkman. Interestingly, Milkman was previously chief of the Bureau.

Kaplan’s leaving comes just a day after FCC Chairman Genachowski’s General Counsel, Austin Schlick, announced he was leaving the Commission. Commenting on the departures, Eggerton writes:

Reasons given for the FCC departures have included family moves and “other opportunities,” but it is also not unusual for government officials to return to the usually more lucrative private sector after a stint in the sometimes-frustrating bureaucracy of public service. Also, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski could decide to exit early next year, and would have to give up his chairmanship at any rate if a Republican were elected.