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The Klobuchar Effect

The stock of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), a veteran Senate Commerce Committee member familiar to communications industry stakeholders, for a VP spot has risen with the announcement of former Vice President Joe Biden that he is definitely picking a woman for that post.

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Washington Post editorial writers handicapped the VP race, with ex-presidential candidates Klobuchar and Sen. Kamala Harris of California tied at the top. But that was before Biden announced that he would also be naming an African-American woman to the Supreme Court. If Biden wanted to woo followers of a couple of former opponents, he could name Harris, an African-American woman, to the court, and tap Klobuchar for the VP spot.

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Klobuchar has supported bills to re-regulate cable franchise fees and create a privacy bill of rights. She has long been a big supporter of "dig once'' policies directing broadband deployments to be coordinated with road construction/improvements. She also pushed for the The Honest Ads Act, which creates online political ad public files and bars foreign entities from ad buys.

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.