Senate committee approves U.S. CTO, NTIA nominees

The Senate Commerce Committee approved, without fanfare or much visible debate, President Obama's choices for the new position of national chief technology officer and for the leadership of the National Telecommunication and Information Administration. Aneesh Chopra was approved for the CTO slot, and Larry Strickling passed muster for the head position at NTIA, the formal title of which is assistant secretary- designate telecommunications and information, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Chopra will have a pivotal role in helping push the White House's broadband agenda, while Strickling comes into the NTIA at a time when the much-maligned digital TV transition may finally culminate next month. B&C reports that confirmation of the nominees by the full Senate will likely be a smooth ride.

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