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Obama to name new FCC chief. The new Dr. J?

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MarketWatch quotes Ken Ferree, a former FCC media bureau chief under Republican Chairman Michael Powell, as saying Genachowski is an "outstanding choice."

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"He is knowledgeable, experienced, and presumably will have the ear of the most influential people within the administration," said Ferree, president of the libertarian-leaning Progress and Freedom Foundation.

Strong leadership

Free Press executive director Josh Silver welcomed the news, stating that Genchowski will move the FCC "toward the public interest".

"The challenges facing the next FCC are enormous -- a vast digital divide, an open Internet in jeopardy, consolidated media ownership, newsrooms in economic freefall, and entrenched industries invested in maintaining the status quo," he said. "This moment calls for bold and immediate steps to spur competition, foster innovation and breathe new life into our communications sector. With his unique blend of business and governmental experience, Genachowski promises to provide the strong leadership we need."

Break it down

What's his selection mean? Let's go to the popular tech web site Gizmodo to get their take.

"He promises to be a different kind of FCC chair than current chairman Kevin Martin," writes Gizmodo's Matt Buchanan. "Most crucially (for nerds), Genachowski supports net neutrality, while Martin was opposed to it, or at least the government mandating it.

"Martin also had a streak of relaxing media ownership rules, while Genachowski's plans call for 'media-ownership rules that encourage more diversity.' And telecoms like Verizon will probably be sad Martin is going away since he definitely played favorites with them over cable (allegedly inappropriately so)."

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