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Obama Nominates Genachowski to Lead FCC

President Barack Obama made it official today, nominating Julius Genachowski to be chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

“I can think of no one better than Julius Genachowski to serve as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission,” the president said in a statement. “He will bring to the job diverse and unparalleled experience in communications and technology, with two decades of accomplishment in the private sector and public service.

“I know him as the son of immigrants who carries a deep appreciation for this country and the American dream; and as the proud father of three children working with his wife Rachel to be responsible parents in this digital age,” President Obama said.

The long expected nomination was announced as part of a package of nominations that included John Berry, director of the office of personnel management.

Mr. Genachowski, a former chief counsel to past FCC Chairman Reed Hundt had been a senior executive at Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, and subsequently co-founder and managing director or LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures.

He is a personal friend of the president, a friendship that goes back to Harvard Law School. Mr. Genachowski is given credit for crafting much of the Obama campaign’s platform on media issues.

Republican FCC commissioner Robert McDowell immediately congratulated Mr. Genachowski.

“He will bring a valuable perspective to the commission with his experience not only in government but also in the private sector,” said Mr. McDowell. “I look forward to working closely with Mr. Genachowski on the many important communications challenges that lie ahead for the American people.”

Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps also praised the nomination.

"President Obama has made an excellent choice," he said. "Julius has the knowledge, experience and dedication to lead this agency forward as we tackle the many challenges confronting the country–and the commission. I look forward to the prospect of working with him on a communications agenda focused on serving consumers and the public interest. He will find here a talented and energized team of public servants committed to precisely this goal. I wish him a successful Senate confirmation."

(Editor: Baumann. Updated 12:20 p.m. to add last six paragraphs.)