Vacancy at the FCC


Eddie Lazarus announced that he will step down as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The former Akin Gump attorney isn’t in a rush, though, and has offered to stay through January if needed.

No successor for Lazarus was immediately named.

“No one has done more than Eddie Lazarus to ensure that the FCC meets its vital mission to harness communications technology to benefit our economy and all Americans. Eddie has worked tirelessly to refocus the FCC on broadband Internet, and unleash its opportunities,” said Genachowski. “His imprint is on so many of our initiatives: USF reform and the creation of the Connect America Fund; incentive auctions and other innovative policies to free up spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use; consumer empowerment around ‘bills shock’ and increased consumer protection. These and other initiatives to grow our economy and benefit our citizens would not have been possible without Eddie.”

“We’ll miss Eddie deeply, but will continue to benefit every day from his leadership, strength and brilliance,” the chairman added.