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  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Eyed for Commerce Secretary: Report
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Last EditedAJ  Mar 10, 2011 02:06am
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AuthorSam Gustin
News DateWednesday, March 9, 2011 09:05:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFederal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski is among the candidates being considered to replace outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, whom President Obama is tapping to become the new U.S. Ambassador to China, according to a report in The Hill newspaper.

Genachowski, one of Obama’s Harvard Law School chums, is widely viewed as politically ambitious. But it’s not clear if his elevation to Obama’s cabinet — should it occur — would represent a reward for a job well done at the FCC, or whether it would amount to kicking him upstairs following a tumultuous tenure at the communications regulator.

On the one hand, Genachowski fulfilled a key Obama campaign pledge by approving compromise rules designed to protect net neutrality, the principle that broadband service providers shouldn’t be able to interfere with or block web traffic, or favor their own services at the expense of smaller rivals.
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