FCC Chairman Julian Genachowski is stepping down from his post as the head of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski took to the podium at an FCC staff meeting on Friday to confirm his plans to resign. The FCC Chairman was nominated to his current role in 2009.
In his announcement the FCC Chairman revealed:
“I’ll be stepping down as chairman of the FCC in the next couple weeks.”
During his speech to workers Genachowski praised the FCC for its work and the work it will accomplish in the coming years. He then turned his attention to the tasks as hand. Julian specifically focused on the agencies need to free up “even more spectrum for mobile broadband” and “driving increased broadband speed and capacity to every school and every business.”
The soon-to-be former chairman then charged FCC employees with making a “positive difference” in the lives of all American people.
While Genachowski focused on the bubbly parts of his tenure, others in the industry have painted a less than perfect portrait of his time with the FCC, Various agencies have claimed that the FCC Chairman used his power to serve corporate interests instead of the public good.
As you’d expect, Genachowski used his time at the podium to paint an uplifting portrait of what the FCC has been do, but not everyone would agree with his view of his tenure. CEO Craig Aron of the media reform group Free Press writes:
“Though President Obama promised his FCC chairman would not continue the Bush administration’s failed media ownership policies, Genachowski offered the exact same broken ideas that Bush’s two chairmen pushed,” Aron alleged. “He never faced the public and ignored the overwhelming opposition to his plans.”
Several news agencies began reporting last month that Julian Genachowski would step down from his role at the Federal Communications Commission.