Genachowski could be eyeing FCC exit sign


FCC Commissioners / May 2012The election is over, and the current administration will be around for another four years. But while that means there will not be a change at the big desk in the Oval Office, ‘tis the season for other members of the administration to move on. And one who may be joining the migrating herd is FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

Capitol Hill newser Politico reports that it is almost conventional wisdom in the halls of the FCC that Genachowski is considering a move on to other things.

However, he has announced no plans of any kind, and for the time being will likely continue to focus on broadband issues.

Should he leave, the two other Democrats on the Commission, Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel, are said to be viable candidates to take the top slot at the FCC.

However, so are many others, including some former FCC staffers like Blair Levin, who had a major plan in drawing up the National Broadband Plan.

Some are said to believe the candidate could be a surprise pick, maybe an outside-the-Beltway person from the public utility commission community – indeed, that’s from whence Clyburn came.

RBR-TVBR observation: We know what we won’t be seeing, should Genachowski decide to leave: A broadcaster. That’s the bad news. But on the plus side, there is no reason to believe anybody from the cable industry has an inside track to the chair. So at least neither side in the ongoing retransmission consent battle will be able to look at the FCC and see a home-field advantage.