Former CTIA chief Tom Wheeler will replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC, pending Senate confirmation. Mignon Clyburn, the senior Democrat on the panel, will take over as interim chairwoman as Wheeler awaits confirmation.
President Obama is expected to nominate former CTIA chief Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the FCC, according to multiple reports, which would place the former telecom industry lobbyist at the head of regulating an increasingly complex wireless industry.
Tom Wheeler, a former CTIA president who is now a venture capitalist and a larger donor to President Obama, is a lead choice to succeed Julius Genachowski as the chairman of the FCC, according to a TIME report.
President Obama's budget proposal for the 2014 fiscal year sets aside $500 million for the FCC to help TV broadcasters modify their infrastructure to deal with changes that will come with incentive auctions of TV broadcast spectrum, which will be repurposed for wireless broadband.
Nine months after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC might launch an inquiry into whether its cell phone radiation emission standards need to be changed--amid concerns that mobile phone radiation may cause brain cancer--the commission actually opened the inquiry.
The FCC signaled it plans to auction new spectrum blocks, the 1695-1710 MHz band and the 1755-1780 MHz band, as early as 2014, giving the CTIA and wireless carriers another victory in their quest to free up more radio waves for mobile broadband.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he still step down from his post in the coming weeks after nearly four years as the chief of the commission. His announcement ends months of speculation about if or when he would depart and comes just days after his colleague, Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell, said he will also resign in the next few weeks.
Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is expected to announce sometime today that he will step down.
The FCC signaled its intention to auction two bands of spectrum--1695-1710 MHz and 1755-1780 MHz--as early as September 2014.
The FCC's review of Softbank's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel, as well as Sprint's bid to take control of Clearwire, is on track, according to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.