President-elect Barack Obama plans to nominate Julius Genachowski, one of his key technology advisors, to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to a Democratic official.

Genachowski, a friend of Obama's from their days at Harvard Law School and a top fundraiser for his presidential campaign, would bring a corporate technology background and inside-the-Beltway experience to the FCC. He supports net neutrality, the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally--a notion supported by many of the nation's schools and universities. And he favors the expansion of broadband access nationwide as a key driver of economic


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