David Corn: Obama's New FCC Pick Could Help Determine the Future of the InternetQuicklink submitted by Sheila Samples Permalink
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|One of the hot jobs in the US government--chairman of the Federal Communications Commission--is about to become vacant, and President Barack Obama's pick for this position will say much about his priorities and what it takes to win a job within his administration. With telecommunications a critical part of most aspects of modern American society, the FCC chairmanship is a key appointment. And the commission is one of those spots in government where industry desires can clash with public interest concerns. As it stands now, Obama can go the conventional route--and reward a money-raiser with deep roots in the industries the FCC regulates. Or he can show more daring and choose as chair one of several past or present public servants who have been more attuned to policy than profits. Only the future of the Internet and how we communicate with each other is at stake.|
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