Obama's CTO slot remains open

In Julius Genachowski, incoming President Barack Obama reportedly has found his new Federal Communications Chairman (somebody tell the current one, who doesn't want to leave), but Genachowski also reportedly turned down the much-ballyhooed role of U.S. CTO because it was not slated to be a position of policy influence. That leaves America wondering who will be the nation's CTO and what that person really will do (OK, maybe all of America isn't wondering, but those of us who care are).

A viewpoint article at BusinessWeek points out that government czars like the proposed CTO haven't had a terribly impressive impact thus far. The article also notes that some other countries have gotten pretty far with organized programs aimed at improving broadband access, something the CTO will have on his/her plate. The story has some agenda items for the CTO, though you still have to wonder if the caliber of the person named to the role will be affected by the lack of policy involvement.

For more:
- BusinessWeek has this viewpoint

Related articles
Genachowski appears to be a near-lock as FCC chairman
Current FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says he won't resign

FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER

Like this story? Subscribe to FierceTelecom!

The Telecom industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceTelecom as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on the intersection of telecom and media. Sign up today to get telecom news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.

Suggested Articles

The battle for SD-WAN supremacy remains fierce among vendors with VMware, Cisco and Fortinet holding down the top-three spots in Q3 market share.

Broadband remains a key asset as the coronavirus surges across the globe, which has led to a speedier transition to 1-Gig services.

Lumen CTO Andrew Dugan believes enterprise CIOs are turning to edge compute because it provides better performance for their applications.