GOP Vets New FCC NameFred Campbell interviewed for seat of former commissioner Robert McDowell 6/17/2013 12:01:00 AM Eastern
There was movement on the FCC nominee front
last week. Senate Commerce Committee chairman
Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) scheduled a June 18
hearing on the nomination of Tom Wheeler as FCC
chairman, and a highly placed source confirmed
Republicans had interviewed Fred Campbell for the
seat of former commissioner Robert McDowell.
Campbell, director of the Competitive
Enterprise Institute’s Communications Liberty & Innovation
Project, declined comment. But a source
said that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.)’s staff spoke with Campbell about the post.
McConnell is said to have wanted to extend
the search to include academics and think-tank
officials, and Campbell would fit the bill. A veteran
communications attorney, Campbell was a wireless
advisor to FCC chairman Kevin Martin, chief
of the wireless bureau and a legal adviser on
auction policies, arguably the FCC’s central issue
as it preps for a second spectrum incentive auction.
He is also a former president of the Wireless
Communications Association International (WCAI).
Wheeler, President Obama’s choice to succeed
FCC chief Julius Genachowski, is also a former
wireless trade group chief (CTIA) so they could
certainly compare notes if both make the cut.