Outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will join the Aspen Institute to focus on communications policy and its effect on society, the institute announced today.
Genachowski, who announced in March he would resign "in the coming weeks," will become a senior fellow at the institute’s communications and society program. After becoming chairman in September 2009, Genachowski focused the agency on broadband issues.
"The Internet and mobile are having a transformative impact on our economy and society," Genachowski said in a written statement. "The Institute has an unparalleled ability to convene business, government, and non-profit leaders to address the effect of digital technologies on many of the world’s most vexing problems, and I'm looking forward to being involved in that effort."
He will be the fifth former FCC chairman to join the non-partisan Aspen Institute, which uses its communications program to address “the societal impact of communications and information technologies.”
Under Genachowski, the FCC initiated, among other things, a national broadband plan "to harness the opportunities of high-speed Internet, promote U.S. global competitiveness, and bring the benefits of 21st century communications to all Americans."
Genachowski's resignation was expected, as The National Law Journal reported in November. Three possible picks for his replacement include Larry Strickling, the National Telecommunications Information Administration leader; Scott Blake Harris, general counsel at Neustar Inc.; and Karen Kornbluh, U.S. ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.