Official: Genachowski pick for FCC head

January 13, 2009 8:37:45 AM PST
A Democratic official says a law school classmate, fundraiser and campaign technology adviser to Barack Obama is the leading contender to become head of the Federal Communications Commission. The adviser, Julius Genachowski, is the co-founder of venture capital firm LaunchBox Digital and worked at the FCC under President Clinton. He also went to Harvard Law School with Obama, one of several grads from the school who are in line for top positions in the new administration.

The Democratic official, speaking Tuesday on condition of anonymity, says Genachowski's nomination has not been finalized, but that he is Obama's top choice. The official was briefed on the process but is not authorized to speak about the pending nomination.

Genachowski was a top fundraiser for Obama's presidential campaign besides advising on Internet policy.

The FCC is dealing with the transition to digital-only television, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 17 but could be pushed back to give more time for preparation.