Crowell, Top Genachowski Adviser, Exiting

Colin Crowell, senior counselor to Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, is exiting the agency next month after less than a year in the post, though it was a year of producing a broadband plan that he was instrumental in getting Congress to mandate.

The FCC said 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.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.