Top Genachowski Adviser Exiting
Crowell was instrumental in getting Congress to mandate broadband plan
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/4/2010 2:19:33 PM
The FCC said Monday (May 3) Crowell would be leaving next month. "Colin has been indispensable to every key decision we've made and his rare combination of policy smarts, wise counsel, and communications expertise has been invaluable to me and the agency as we developed our broadband agenda for the nation," said Genachowski in a statement. "He will be missed."
Crowell is a former staffer to Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and to the Telecom Subcommittee when Markey chaired it. He was the lead staffer in coming up with the FCC's broadband plan requirement, which Markey made part of the stimulus bill.
"After twenty two years in public service, it's time for me to explore other professional opportunities," said Crowell, who did not provide any details about what that next move might be.
Crowell was not available for comment at press time, but a spokeswoman for the chairman said "now that the national broadband plan is being released, he is ready to try new things. A source said the decision to exit was Crowell's.
Crowell joins top Genachowski broadband adviser Blair Levin, who is also exiting the commission. His last day is May 7.
"We were sad to learn today that Colin Crowell is leaving the Federal Communications Commission," said Public Knowledge President Gigi Sohn. "American consumers have lost a great champion and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has lost an invaluable adviser. Colin's knowledge of telecommunications and Congress is unrivaled in Washington."
"The FCC is losing one of its finest public servants with the departure of Colin Crowell," Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott told B&C. "Throughout his career in government, Colin has been a first rate leader in creating communications policy in the public interest."
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