Krone Drops Out of FCC Consideration

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Washington— Former cable lobbyist and Internet executive David Krone — once viewed as a viable contender for a Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission — has removed his name from consideration, sources said this week.

Krone withdrew his name just two weeks after he emerged as a top candidate for the job and as someone likely to have the critical support of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), a key player in filling the post.

The 34-year-old Krone was in the running to fill the fifth seat at the FCC, which was vacated Sept. 7 when Democrat Gloria Tristani resigned. Tristani is considering a run for the U.S. House of Represenatives or U.S. Senate in New Mexico next year. The FCC now has four members: three Republicans and one Democrat.

Krone is currently associated with the Washington lobbying firm Ryan, Phillips, Utrecht & MacKinnon and with HL Capital, cable veteran Leo J. Hindery Jr.'s private-investment firm.

One source familiar with Krone's thinking did not explain why he decided to pull out. But another source said Krone was weighing whether to return to working full time for Hindery, who last week officially made his return to the cable industry as chief executive officer and part owner of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network in New York.

Under Hindery, Krone was the Washington lobbyist for Tele-Communications Inc. and later AT&T Broadband. He was briefly executive vice president of the National Cable Television Association before joining Hindery in February 2000 at Global Center, the Internet-hosting subsidiary of Global Crossing Holdings Inc.

Krone's exit probably gives a lift to various Democrats reportedly seeking to join the FCC, including Andy Levin, an aide to Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.); Kathleen Wallman, a Washington-based private consultant who worked at the FCC and in the Clinton White House; and Montana Public Service Commission member Bob Rowe.

Nebraska Public Service Commission member Anne Boyle has also tossed her cap in the ring.

There has been no word yet from the White House on a possible selection. It might be some time before the Bush administration focuses on FCC matters, given the crisis sparked by last week's terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

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