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Free Press Urges Quick Confirmation for FCC Chair

WASHINGTON - Free Press is urging the Senate to move swiftly to confirm Julius
Genachowski as chair of the Federal Communications Commission.

At his nomination hearing today in the Senate Commerce Committee,
Genachowski called the FCC "a 21st-century agency for the information
age." He described his vision for the agency as "a model for excellence
in government -- fighting for consumers and families, fostering
investment and innovation via open, fair and data-driven processes."

Read Genachowski's testimony here: http://commerce.senate.gov/public/_files/GenachowskiOpeningStatement.pdf

Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, issued the following statement:

"Julius Genachowski is the right person to lead the FCC and carry
out President Obama's plan to get fast, affordable, open Internet to
every home and business in America. He has a long history of
experience, an expert understanding of the issues, and strong support
across the public and private sectors.

"For years, the FCC has been stuck in reverse on critical issues
like broadband competition and media ownership. We're confident that
Genachowski's commitment to the public interest, his entrepreneurial
eye, and his open, data-driven approach will finally move us forward.

"Acting Chairman Michael Copps has done a wonderful job leading the
agency in the interim. But there is a lot of work to do, and we need
all hands on deck at the FCC. We urge Congress to work quickly to
confirm Julius Genachowski."

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