The broadband wireless sector lost one of its champions late last week when the White House confirmed that U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra would step down the federal government job that he was the first person in history to fill.
The reason for Chopra's departure has not been officially detailed, but reportedly he is set to pursue state-level political ambitions in Virginia. Chopra was significant in the development of the White House's National Wireless Initiative, which among other things called for the creation of a national public safety broadband network, and for more spectrum to be released for the wireless industry's use through incentive auctions. At times, the amount of time Chopra spent publicly discussing wireless policies and mobility applications almost made him seem more like a Chief Wireless Officer.
Chopra was named the U.S. CTO in the spring of 2009. He reportedly will remain on the job until Feb. 8.
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President Obama announced the National Wireless Initiative almost one year ago
Chopra was one of the keynote speakers at the CTIA Wireless 2010 show