GOP Vets New FCC Candidate

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WASHINGTON — There was movement on the Federal Communications Commission nominee front last week.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), the Senate Commerce Committee chairman, last week scheduled a hearing this Tuesday (June 18) on the nomination of FCC chairman-designate Tom Wheeler, and a highly placed source confirmed that Republicans had interviewed Fred Campbell, a new candidate for the seat of former commissioner Robert McDowell.

Campbell, currently director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Communications Liberty & Innovation Project, declined comment. 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 that bill.

Campbell, a veteran communications attorney, was a wireless adviser 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 readies for a second broadcast spectrum incentive auction.

He is also the former president of the Wireless Communications Association International. Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee to replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the FCC, is also a former wireless trade group chief (of CTIA—The Wireless Association), so they could definitely compare notes if both make the cut.

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