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FCC Transition Team – Great Choice By Obama On Kevin Werbach and Susan Crawford November 15, 2008

Posted by John in Technology.
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Ok I am very excited by this move by Obama recent appointment for the FCC transition team. Two good friends of mine who I’ve known for many years were just appointed to the Obama FCC transition team.

Meet the new guard – Kevin Werbach and Susan Crawford. Both are industry experts in the area of policy, technology, and innovation. More importantly they both have a global view. Both Kevin and Susan have long been proponents of ‘broadband everywhere’ and the impact to innovation and global leadership. Kevin and Susan have done so much in the evolution of broadband and policy.

I’m excited to see this announcement and throw my hat in as a volunteer to the efforts of Kevin and Susan. This is a fresh change and a big day for broadband and all the innovation behind what broadband offers.

Crawford is a professor of law at the University of Michigan, teaching communications law and Internet law. She was a partner with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) until the end of 2002, when she left to become a legal academic. Crawford recently ended her term as a member of the board of directors of ICANN.

Werbach is an assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and the organizer of the annual Supernova technology conference. His research explores the legal and business dynamics of information and communications technologies. During the Clinton administration, he served as counsel for new technology policy at the FCC.

“The teams will begin their efforts today, and will ensure that senior appointees have the information necessary to complete the confirmation process, lead their departments, and begin implementing signature policy initiatives immediately after they are sworn in,” the Obama transition office said.

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