As expected, President Obama this week formally nominated his telecom policy advisor Julius Genachowski to be the next chairman of the FCC, declaring: “I can think of no one better . . . to serve as chairman.” Tuesday’s announcement has been anticipated since January, when sources connected with the Obama transition team first confirmed Obama’s intention to appoint his friend and former Harvard Law School classmate as FCC chief. (Obama, however, still has yet to name a Republican nominee to fill the FCC seat that was left vacant by former FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate.) Genachowski, a Democrat, boasts extensive experience both at the FCC and within the private sector, having served as chief counsel to former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, special counsel to former FCC Chairman William Kennard during Kennard’s tenure as FCC general counsel, and co-founder of Rock Creek Ventures, an investor in digital media companies. In addition to overseeing the final stages of the digital television transition, analysts expect that Genachowski will “pursue the Obama communications agenda . . . of promoting greater broadband deployment and access, an open Internet and network neutrality, competition and innovation, and media diversity.” Genachowski’s advocacy of broadband issues was applauded by industry leaders such as U.S. Telecom Association president Walter McCormick, Jr., who proclaimed: “we are pleased that we have in our president and his choice for FCC chairman two individuals who share our commitment to bringing broadband’s full promise to more Americans.” As Steve Largent, the president of wireless association CTIA, touted Genachowski’s “extensive knowledge, experience and understanding of the important issues facing the telecommunications world today,” National Cable & Telecommunications Association President Kyle McSlarrow observed that Genachowski “combines the policy savvy and real-world experience that will be necessary to confront both the challenges and opportunities presented at a time of incredible change sweeping the . . . marketplace.” The nomination won similar praise from Genachowski’s future colleagues at the FCC. As FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein described Genachowski as “the right person at the right time for the job,” Commissioner Robert McDowell predicted that Genachowski would “bring a valuable perspective to the Commission.” Genachowski must be confirmed by the Senate before he begins his duties at the agency.