Signaling further changes in the FCC’s leadership, President Obama announced his intention last Friday to nominate FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). An arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the RUS is poised to play an important role in the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law last month. As RUS chief, Adelstein would oversee the distribution of $2.5 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants for rural broadband that were approved last month as part of ARRA. (The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, meanwhile, would distribute the remaining $4.7 billion in ARRA funds earmarked for broadband deployment.) Contingent upon Senate confirmation, Adelstein, a Democrat, would leave the FCC after a six-year tenure at the agency. Although the President has yet to designate a replacement for Adelstein at the FCC, sources anticipate that Obama will nominate Mignon Clyburn, a member of the South Carolina Service Commission and daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and will send Clyburn’s name to the Senate with a yet-to-be-named Republican nominee for the FCC seat vacated by former Commissioner Deborah Tate. Congratulating his colleague, acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps proclaimed that Adelstein will “be able to hit the ground running” and would also “bring a depth of knowledge, experience and commitment to the job that will enable him to make a huge contribution to advancing the wellbeing of rural America.” Predicting that the RUS “will benefit greatly from [Adelstein’s] leadership,” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell added, “I am confident that rural America will be well served.” National Association of Broadcasters executive vice president Dennis Wharton said, “we wish him well as he takes his public service passion to the [RUS].”