One person mentioned as a replacement for outgoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Julius Genachowski is Catherine Sandoval, a member of the California Public Utilities Commission and a law professor, currently teaching at U.C. Berkeley. A Silicon Valley resident, she’s taken up the telecoms portfolio on the CPUC and understands the industry from a West Coast perspective.
Sandoval would be a great choice. The FCC needs someone who’s been shaped by Californian culture, high tech and otherwise. And her resume includes a staff tour at the FCC. The question is whether she has enough traction to get the job. This vacancy is the last shot at a plum appointment for many Washington insiders who are well-connected within the Obama administration. The competition will be intense.
Of the other people talked about as Genachowski’s replacement, Larry Strickling, currently head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and Blair Levin would be the most conventional choices.
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