The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approved the nominations of FCC Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Robert McDowell Thursday evening, after sailing through hearings earlier in the week.
Genachowski vowed to take a strong role in the creation of a national broadband policy, with as much transparency as possible in the process. He promised pragmatic initiatives to fulfill the mandate of bringing broadband to the underserved. He also already has committed himself to reviewing the state of wireless competition.
“We applaud the Senate Commerce Committee for its quick approval of the nomination of Julius Genachowski to be FCC chairman and the renomination of Commissioner Robert McDowell,” said Walter McCormick, president and CEO of USTelecom, in a statement. “We urge the U.S. Senate to expeditiously confirm the two nominees along with the President’s other nominees to this important agency. Together, they will play a defining role in shaping our nation’s broadband agenda—from speeding life-enhancing benefits for all Americans to tackling pressing issues from universal service to intercarrier compensation. With key FCC leadership in place, together we can realize the dynamic potential broadband brings to our nation.”