President-elect Barack Obama will move to make changes at the FCC as he prepares to take power, the co-chairman of his transition team said yesterday.
John Podesta, a former Clinton administration official, said Obama's transition team would look at the FCC as part of its review of more than 100 federal agencies, departments and commissions. This review is necessary to "make strategic policy, budgetary and personnel decisions prior to the inauguration."
Regarding the FCC specifically, Podesta said, "I have no doubt that the President-elect will put his own stamp on the FCC."
He did not comment on the fate of current FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, and said "obviously the FCC continues to operate." One of the major issues that may be unresolved by Inauguration Day is the fate of the 700 MHz D-Block spectrum, which has been set aside to build an interoperable wireless network for first responders.
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