FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down
Posted at: 03/22/2013 10:19 AM
| Updated at: 03/22/2013 10:20 AM
By: PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, is resigning in the "coming weeks."
The country's top telecommunications regulator told a staff meeting of his decision Friday morning. His impending departure was reported Thursday by several news outlets.
The 50-year-old Genachowski has hewed a middle line between the desires of public-interest groups and the telecom industry, which hasn't enamored him to either side.
His departure will follow that of Republican Robert McDowell, which leaves the five-member commission with a 2-1 Democratic majority until President Obama appoints a new chairman and commissioner.
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