Senate Commerce Confirms Strickling As NTIA Head

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The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously to approve Larry Strickling as head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration.

The vote came in an executive session Wednesday afternoon that lasted about five or 10 minutes, said a source. Strickling's full, official title will be assistant secretary-designate telecommunications and information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

As head of NTIA, Strickling will oversee billions in broadband rollout grants and the DTV-to-analog converter box coupon program.

Also approved unanimously was Aneesh Chopra as chief technology officer, a new post to advance and coordinate the technology goals of the administration across various disciplines.

Full Senate confirmation for the pair is all but a formality.

The Senate Commerce Committee has yet to hold a nomination hearing on FCC chairman designate Julius Genachowski, and won't until June at the earliest, according to the committee majority.

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