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December 24, 2010 | By Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Cable television giant Comcast Corp.'s yearlong quest to win government approval of its proposed $30-billion merger with NBC Universal took a significant step forward Thursday when a key regulator proposed to vote for the deal if the companies agreed to a series of conditions. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to limit the ability of Comcast ? which would become the nation's largest media company ? to egregiously flex its newfound muscle, according to senior FCC officials.
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May 1, 2013 | By Joe Flint
President Obama officially nominated lobbyist-turned-venture capitalist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler is well known to the media industry. He has headed both the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. Most recently he was a managing director at Core Capital, a private equity firm. "For more than 30 years Tom has been at the forefront of some of the very dramatic changes that we've seen in the way we communicate and how we live our lives," Obama said in announcing Wheeler's appointment.
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July 20, 2009 | Jim Puzzanghera
Expanding high-speed Internet access throughout the United States is a top priority for Julius Genachowski as he starts his term as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski and the agency are charged by President Obama and Congress with helping to ensure that all Americans can participate in the ongoing technological revolution that is integrating broadband with television and other devices beyond the computer.
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May 1, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday will nominate venture capitalist Thomas Wheeler as the nation's top telecommunications regulator, tapping a major campaign fundraiser with long ties to the media and the telecom industries, White House and industry officials said. Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners in Washington, D.C., would replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the five-member Federal Communications Commission board. Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who was mentioned as a candidate, will take over as acting chairman when Genachowski steps down in the coming weeks.
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January 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin, a Republican, plans to depart Tuesday, when President-elect Barack Obama's administration assumes power. Martin, 42, said he would go to the Aspen Institute, a policy analysis group in Washington, after nearly four years as head of the independent agency that regulates telephone, broadcast and cable companies. Obama has chosen Julius Genachowski, 46, former FCC chief counsel, to head the agency, a Democratic official said this week.
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May 1, 2013 | By Joe Flint
President Obama officially nominated lobbyist-turned-venture capitalist Tom Wheeler on Wednesday as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler is well known to the media industry. He has headed both the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn. Most recently he was a managing director at Core Capital, a private equity firm. "For more than 30 years Tom has been at the forefront of some of the very dramatic changes that we've seen in the way we communicate and how we live our lives," Obama said in announcing Wheeler's appointment.
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December 10, 2012 | By David Lazarus
If a pilot says the plane will crash if I use my Kindle during takeoff or landing, I'll turn the thing off but quick. But is there really a danger? Maybe not. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, says the Federal Aviation Administration should allow for greater use of electronic gadgets during flights. The FAA plans to have a working group look at the issue, although it won't include cellphones in the mix. "This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski wrote in a letter to Michael Huerta, the FAA's acting administrator.
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January 29, 2013 | By Meg James
Tribune Co. has named Edward Lazarus, a former high-ranking Federal Communications Commission official and one-time federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, as its executive vice president and general counsel. Lazarus, 53, is the first key hire for Tribune's new chief executive Peter Liguori, who took office this month. Tribune, parent company of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and KTLA-TV Channel 5, emerged from protracted bankruptcy proceedings Dec. 31 with new ownership and plans to redefine the Chicago-based company's leadership and direction.
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March 22, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Julius Genachowski, who will step down as head of the Federal Communications Commission within the next few weeks, leaves behind a mixed bag of accomplishments and disappointments. He had made expansion of broadband Internet access one of his priorities. We moved forward on that front, but not far enough. He also aimed to expand available wireless spectrum for smartphones and tablets and the like. That hasn't come very far either. As for pushing for cable subscribers to pay only for the channels they want, rather than pay for fat bundles of channels they never watch, Genachowski was largely silent.
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April 30, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A Washington insider with close ties to the media and telecommunications, is expected to be tapped as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Tom Wheeler, who has headed lobbying associations for both the cable television and mobile phone industries, is the leading candidate to succeed Julius Genachowski as chairman of the regulatory agency, Washington insiders confirm. Chatter about Wheeler started inside D.C. circles almost immediately after Genachowski announced his intention to step down in March.
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April 30, 2013 | By Joe Flint
A Washington insider with close ties to the media and telecommunications, is expected to be tapped as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Tom Wheeler, who has headed lobbying associations for both the cable television and mobile phone industries, is the leading candidate to succeed Julius Genachowski as chairman of the regulatory agency, Washington insiders confirm. Chatter about Wheeler started inside D.C. circles almost immediately after Genachowski announced his intention to step down in March.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Julius Genachowski, who will step down as head of the Federal Communications Commission within the next few weeks, leaves behind a mixed bag of accomplishments and disappointments. He had made expansion of broadband Internet access one of his priorities. We moved forward on that front, but not far enough. He also aimed to expand available wireless spectrum for smartphones and tablets and the like. That hasn't come very far either. As for pushing for cable subscribers to pay only for the channels they want, rather than pay for fat bundles of channels they never watch, Genachowski was largely silent.
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March 22, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The departure of Julius Genachowski as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has some public interest groups hoping his successor will fight harder for consumers against the growing clout of telecommunications giants. On Friday, Genachowski, a former venture capitalist and technology executive, said he would step down in the coming weeks after nearly four years on the job. He said his biggest accomplishment was focusing the agency on expanding high-speed Internet access.
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January 29, 2013 | By Meg James
Tribune Co. has named Edward Lazarus, a former high-ranking Federal Communications Commission official and one-time federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, as its executive vice president and general counsel. Lazarus, 53, is the first key hire for Tribune's new chief executive Peter Liguori, who took office this month. Tribune, parent company of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and KTLA-TV Channel 5, emerged from protracted bankruptcy proceedings Dec. 31 with new ownership and plans to redefine the Chicago-based company's leadership and direction.
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December 10, 2012 | By David Lazarus
If a pilot says the plane will crash if I use my Kindle during takeoff or landing, I'll turn the thing off but quick. But is there really a danger? Maybe not. The head of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, says the Federal Aviation Administration should allow for greater use of electronic gadgets during flights. The FAA plans to have a working group look at the issue, although it won't include cellphones in the mix. "This review comes at a time of tremendous innovation, as mobile devices are increasingly interwoven in our daily lives," Genachowski wrote in a letter to Michael Huerta, the FAA's acting administrator.
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June 15, 2012 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to ask whether its standards protect humans from mobile-phone radiation, a question it hasn't posed in 15 years, as people use smartphones for longer, more frequent calls. Julius Genachowski, the agency's chairman, is to ask fellow commissioners today to approve a notice commencing a formal inquiry, Tammy Sun, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in an emailed statement. The notice won't propose rules, Sun said. "Our action today is a routine review of our standards," Sun said.
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May 1, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday will nominate venture capitalist Thomas Wheeler as the nation's top telecommunications regulator, tapping a major campaign fundraiser with long ties to the media and the telecom industries, White House and industry officials said. Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners in Washington, D.C., would replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the five-member Federal Communications Commission board. Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who was mentioned as a candidate, will take over as acting chairman when Genachowski steps down in the coming weeks.
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June 16, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski gently prodded telecommunications companies to build out their broadband networks in order to dramatically increase the number of homes that have access to high-speed Internet. The effort is vital to the nation's economic health, Genachowski told several hundred people attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. annual convention in Chicago on Wednesday. About 67% of the country's homes now have high-speed or broadband Internet, he said.
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February 8, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to overhaul a much-criticized program that helps provide phone service to rural areas by focusing instead on supplying high-speed Internet. The decades-old Universal Service Fund, funded by phone carrier fees charged to long-distance customers, has spread phone service to residents in hard-to-reach areas that often are unprofitable for companies to serve, Genachowski said in a speech Monday to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.
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