Levin Returns to FCC; Helps Lead National Broadband Plan
Telecom analyst Blair Levin, a technology adviser for President Obama during his presidential campaign and transition, will be heading to the Federal Communications Commission to help coordinate the agency's national broadband plan.
The FCC made the announcement in a release today. Levin, a managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, is a telecom policy veteran who served as chief of staff for former FCC chairman Reed Hundt between 1993 and 1997, when the commission was charged with implementing the 1996 Telecom Act.
Levin worked closely with Julius Genachowski, Obama's pick to chair the FCC, on Obama's tech strategy during the campaign and transition, which led to the inclusion of broadband network projects in the economic stimulus plan. Levin returns to the FCC as Obama pledges to make broadband, or high-speed, Internet policy available to all Americans and use it to help spur economic growth.
As part of Obama's Recovery Act, or stimulus plan, the FCC was charged to come up with a strategy in one year to make broadband accessible to all households. The FCC is charged to also address questions of how to make broadband service available to those who can't afford it and to figure out ways to train people with computer use and Web access. In addition, Congress has allocated $7.2 billion in broadband deployment grants to companies to bring access to rural and underserved areas.
June 5, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
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