FCC Boss Calling It Quits

Julius Genachowski was appointed in 2009

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 22, 2013 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The head of the FCC will announce his exit today after four years on the job, insiders tell Reuters. The expected move comes ahead of his term's end in June. President Obama appointed ex-venture capitalist Julius Genachowski in 2009; his term saw the commission halt a proposed T-Mobile-AT&T merger, the Wall Street Journal notes. This week, the FCC's top Republican commissioner, Robert McDowell, also announced his departure. Obama will nominate a new Democratic chairman and Republican commissioner in the coming days, according to FCC rules, Reuters notes.

In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark.
In this Nov. 24, 2009 file photo, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski speaks at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
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