It's Official: Chairman Julius Genachowski Announces He Will Exit The FCC
March 22, 2013 at 7:42 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI has made it official, and announced today that he will be stepping down from his post in the coming weeks. GENACHOWSKI was nominated by President OBAMA and confirmed by the Senate in 2009.
The Chairman made his announcement in remarks to FCC staff this morning. During his remarks he said, "Over the past four years, we’ve focused the FCC on broadband, wired and wireless, working to drive economic growth and improve the lives of all Americans. And thanks to you, the Commission’s employees, we’ve taken big steps to build a future where broadband is ubiquitous and bandwidth is abundant, where innovation and investment are flourishing."
GENACHOWSKI wrapped up his remarks by saying, "While there are challenges ahead in this fast-moving, globally competitive sector, a revitalized FCC is prepared to continue taking them on. I’m deeply grateful to President OBAMA for his vision, friendship, and the opportunity to serve our country. I’m proud of what we’ve done together to harness technology to advance the American dream for the 21st century. I know you’ll continue to fight hard to fulfill this agency’s vital mission, and I look forward to continuing to work together until my last day at the agency, and to count you as family and as an inspiration for long after that."
In response to the announcement, NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH said, "NAB salutes Chairman GENACHOWSKI for his years of service at the FCC. The FCC chair is arguably one of the most difficult jobs in WASHINGTON, and yet JULIUS consistently performed with dedication and focus. We may have disagreed on occasion, but AMERICA's broadcasters wish him well in his journeys ahead."