Monday, June 29, 2009

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Sworn In, Adelstein Departs

Julius Genachowski was sworn in as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

In comments to the FCC staff, Genachowski outlined a vision of a more connected America, focusing on the following goals:

  • Promoting universal broadband that's robust, affordable and open.

  • Pursuing policies that promote job creation, competition, innovation and investment.

  • Protecting and empowering consumers and families.

  • Helping deliver public safety communications networks with the best technology to serve our firefighters, police officers, and other first responders.

  • Advancing a vibrant media landscape, in these challenging times, that serves the public interest in the 21st century.

  • Seizing the opportunity for the United States to lead the world in mobile communications.

In addition, Jonathan Adelstein stepped down as an FCC Commissioner to take up a new post at the Department of Agriculture,
where he will head the Rural Utilities Service.