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FCC's Genachowski to Join Aspen Institute

Move follows footsteps of four other FCC chairmen

Following in the footsteps of four other Federal Communications Commission chairmen, Julius Genachowski will join the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program as senior fellow.

Genachowski will join Aspen "later this month," the nonprofit think tank said in a statement. The group said it is looking to Genachowski to help it with communications policy projects.

Past FCC chairman who have used the Aspen Institute as a stepping stone out of public service include Kevin Martin, Michael Powell, Bill Kennard, and Reed Hundt.

Genachowski announced he was leaving the FCC March 21, just two days after GOP commissioner Robert McDowell announced his exit. 

The Washington rumor mill on who President Obama will pick as Genachowski's successor went into high gear the past couple of weeks. With Genachowski's exit now imminent, word is that the President could be close to nominating someone perhaps as soon as early May.

Tom Wheeler, the former cable and wireless lobbyist, venture capitalist and Obama fundraiser, is the top candidate. He got a big boost last week receiving endorsements from public interest advocates and former tech and telecom experts in the Obama administration.
 

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