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Genachowski Will Serve As FCC Defense Commissioner

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski will be the Defense Commissioner, according to the agency.

The commission designates one commissioner to head up homeland security, national security and emergency preparedness. That makes Genachowski the point person with the Department of Homeland Security and makes him responsible for emergency preparedness programs.

The chairman has already launched a review of the FCC's emergency preparedness procedures.

Fellow Democrat Michael Copps will be alternate defense commissioner for a one-year term.

John Eggerton
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.