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Posts Tagged ‘Julius Genachowski’

Census Finds Gaps in Broadband Use

Broadband adoption has jumped in recent years, with 63.5 percent of households reporting use in 2009, according to data released by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The department’s Census survey asked 54,000 households.

Increasing broadband use is a priority for the FCC and programs are in place to encourage adoption in all parts of the country.

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Burson-Marsteller EVP Leaves To Join FCC as Senior Counselor to Chairman

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today the appointment of Josh Gottheimer as Senior Counselor to the Chairman.

He currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Worldwide at Burson-Marsteller, and before that, was the Director of Strategic Communications at Ford Motor Company.

Gottheimer will serve as the Chairman’s strategic advisor on a wide range of policy and legal matters. “He will have oversight over the legislative, communications, intergovernmental affairs, and public liaison functions of the agency,” according to the release.

He also served as Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and helped draft the State of the Union addresses in 1999 and 2000.

The FCC’s Embedded Journalist Is Really a Spokesman

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On Monday night the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) senior advisor to the chairman Steve Waldman tried out the agency’s “Reboot” message on a tough crowd: regulation averse digerati from Silicon Alley. The small group of entrepreneurs and very vocal journalist/bloggers including CUNY prof and BuzzMachine blogger Jeff Jarvis and Wired’s Spencer Reiss got together at the offices of PR firm Morris + King to hash out what Waldman is supposed to be doing.

Waldman, founder of BeliefNet (a longtime M+K client) and former Newsweek journalist, was tapped by his old friend, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to deliver a non-binding “Future of the Media” report by the end of this year. Genachowski brought in Waldman last Fall to sift through everything related to the state of news media today–existing research from places like Pew and Poynter Institutes, policies and pending initiatives such as the stance on Net Neutrality and the possible relaxation of cross-ownership rules between media companies.

“It’s an exercise in restraint. I can’t always mouth off with my point of view,” said Waldman. His job isn’t to figure out how to save the mainstream media from itself or fix business models, but to understand the various forces that pose a threat to the essential role of the news in holding commercial interests accountable.

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