Barack Obama To Nominate Julius Genachowski For FCC Chairman

January 13, 2009 4:40 PM ET

Get familiar with the name Julius Genachowski: The man of many syllables will come up every time there's an article about media mergers, censorship fights or perhaps another Nipplegate. Barack Obama is expected to name Genachowski as his nominee for FCC Chairman, according to reports. Genachowski is a former Harvard Law classmate of Obama's, and was previously the President-Elect's technology adviser. He's credited with assisting Obama's team with their innovative use of the Internet while campaigning last year (read more about him here: Obama's Brain Trust).

Genachowski certainly has the resume for his new role: He served on the chief counsel for Clinton-era FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, plus held several posts at the Internet media company IACI. One of Genachowski's first tasks will be expanding and investing broadband technology, which is also part of Obama's economic stimulus plan. More importantly, however, Genachowski will also have to oversee the February 17th transition to mandated digital television. The date might be pushed back as millions of TV owners have yet to acquire the appropriate means to prevent their sets from going off the air.

Another task that awaits Genachowski as head of the Federal Communications Committee is Net neutrality, plus the need to "manage the expectations of Internet service providers and content holders." Genachowski was also a former member of the Board of Directors of Ticketmaster, so Live Nation might want to hold back on taking over all facets of the music world for a little while. Another fun fact: Genachowski's wife is documentary filmmaker Rachel Goslins, who made the film 'Bama Girl that recently aired on HBO.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »