Verizon Statement on Expected Nomination of New FCC Chairman

WASHINGTON - News reports have identified Julius Genachowski as President-elect Barack Obama's likely choice to become chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The following is a statement by Tom Tauke, Verizon executive vice president of public affairs, policy and communications, on the expected nomination:

"The selection of Julius Genachowski is a great boost for the nation's drive to be the world leader in all things broadband.  He understands the importance of deploying next- generation networks that open the doors to a new world of life-enhancing applications and services. He also understands the appropriate role of government in establishing the right policies to achieve the promise of broadband. We look forward to working with him."