Strickling picked to fill key NTIA spot


Barack Obama’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Department of Commerce is Lawrence E. Strickling. His most recent occupation was as a member of the Obama presidential campaign, but he has numerous stops on his resume which bear on the telecom side of the NTIA’s responsibilities.

It turns out Strickling has a friend in what will be a jurisdictional neighbor in Washington in the form of FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, who said, “I congratulate Larry on the announcement that President Obama intends to nominate him to lead the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the Department of Commerce.  I have had the pleasure of knowing Larry for many years and I know he will bring a wealth of knowledge to NTIA from his experience in both the public and private sectors.  I wish him well in the confirmation process and look forward to working with him.”

RBR/TVBR observation: By the time Strickling is on board, the DTV transition should be all but over. The historical footnote on the event was that it was accomplished with this key leadership covered by people with the word “acting” on their business card.