Fred Campbell, director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Communications Liberty & InnovationProject, has been interviewed for the Republican FCC seat recently vacated by commissioner Robert McDowell, according to a source familiar with the process.
Campbell declined comment, pointing out that in his role at the project he has not been commenting onthe FCC commissioner or chairman selection process in general. But a source said that the staff of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), had talked to Campbell about the post.
McConnell was said to have wanted to extend the search to include academics and think tank thinkers and Campbell would fit the bill.
Campbell, a veteran communications attorney, was a wireless advisor to former FCC chairman Kevin Martin, chief of the wireless bureau and an attorney adviser with experience in auction policies, including the 700 MHz auction of broadcast spectrum, arguably the FCC's central issue as it preps for a second broadcast spectrum incentive auction.
He is also the former president of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI). Tom Wheeler, the President's nominee to replace Julius Genachowksi as chairman of the FCC, is also a former wireless trade group chief (CTIA) so they could definitely compare notes of both make the cut.
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D- W. Va.) announced Tuesday that he would hold Wheeler’s nomination hearing June 18, but the full Senate will not vote until a Republican has been nominated to pair with Wheeler.