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Government and business experienceGenachowski was on the staffs of the Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and at the time U.S. Representative Chuck Schumer. In 1994 FCC Chairman Reed Hundt hired him as a senior legal advisor; he was chief counsel 1996-1997.

He was Chief of Business Operations and a member of Barry Diller's Office of the Chairperson at IAC/InterActiveCorp and executive responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting. He earned meanwhile $USD2.5 million when Vivendi acquired Universal assets in 2003. He had earlier served on the Boards of Directors of Expedia, Hotels.com, and Ticketmaster.

Obama campaign and transitionFor Senator Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Campaign, Genachowski was Chairperson of the Innovation, Media and Telecommunications Policy Working Group, which created the Obama Research and Research Plan. He as well advised and guided the Campaign's innovative use of technology and the Internet for grassroots engagement and participation.

The November election

After the November election, he co-led the Research, Technology, and Government Reform Group for President-Elect Obama's Transition Team. On January 12, 2009, several news outlets reported that Genachowski would be President-Elect Obama's choice to head the FCC. This was confirmed by a press release on March 3, 2009.

Accomplishments as FCC Chairman At first, Chairman Genachowski promised to rein in companies restricting what people can do on their Internet lines, setting a new tone for the agency. Nevertheless criticisms have become numerous and increasingly vocal among consumer groups and legislative supporters about his lack of substantive accomplishments to date. In particular, his lack of clear commitment to regulating carriers pursuant to this agreement Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, as he had proposed, has engendered a great deal of controversy and concern among supporters of Net Neutrality. Mutatis mutandis, those carriers opposed to increased regulation have attempted to suggest regulatory solutions, a process he has been criticized for encouraging.

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