FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz ExitingWill Leave Agency Feb. 15 after More than Eight Years 2/01/2013 10:10 AM Eastern
Leibowitz backed the FCC's network neutrality rules, which NCTA did not oppose since the proposed alternative was Title II regs on Internet Access that the cable industry considered a nuclear option.
Leibowitz presided over a couple of investigations and eventual settlements with Google over privacy issues, and made revising child online protection enforcement one of his key goals. He also helmed new food industry marketing guidelines. Leibowitz emphasized "vigorous" self-regulation in the area of online privacy, and tended to give industry credit for efforts in that direction, but also frequently said they had not gone far enough.
Leibowitz has been a commissioner there since September 2004. Before that, he was a Hill staffer, including working for the late Senator Paul Simon. Leibowitz is also former vice president for congressional affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America.
Still no word on when, or whether, Leibowitz's friend and opposite number at the FCC, chairman Julius Genachowski, may exit. He, too, is in the fourth year of his chairmanship.