Krone Drops Out of FCC Contest


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.

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.

Krone, 34, was in the running to fill the fifth seat at the FCC, which was
vacated Sept. 7 with the resignation of Democrat Gloria Tristani. She is
considering a run for the U.S. House or U.S. Senate in New Mexico next year.

A 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 work
full-time for cable veteran Leo J. Hindery Jr., who officially made his return
to cable last week as CEO and part owner of the Yankees Entertainment and Sports
network in New York.

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

Krone is associated with Washington, D.C.-based lobbying firm Ryan, Phillips,
Utrecht & MacKinnon and with HL Capital Inc., Hindery's private-investment

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 private Washington, D.C., consultant who worked at the FCC
and the Clinton White House; and Bob Rowe, a member of the Montana Public
Service Commission.

Anne Boyle, a member of the Nebraska PSC, has also tossed her cap in the

No word yet from the White House on a possible selection. It might be a while
before the White House focuses on FCC matters given the crisis sparked by the
terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

The FCC currently has four members: three Republicans and one