FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Resigns

The rumor mill got it right. On Friday, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced his resignation.

Leaving four months before the expiration of his term, Genachowski is departing from the FCC with what some have called a “mixed tenure.”

According to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post, the outgoing chairman managed to disappointed some of the consumer groups that were his earliest supporters, but he also drew widespread praise for working to bring Americans improved access to broadband Internet.

President Obama will soon name a successor, although Tom Wheeler – a former lobby group chairman and venture capitalist – is said to be a leading contender to fill the position.

“Over the past four years, we’ve focused the FCC on broadband, wired and wireless, working to drive economic growth and improve the lives of all Americans,” Genachowski said in prepared remarks confirming his resignation. “And thanks to you, the commission’s employees, we’ve taken big steps to build a future where broadband is ubiquitous and bandwidth is abundant, where innovation and investment are flourishing.”

Are you impressed by the accomplishments logged during Genachowski’s term or are the critics who speak of “missed opportunities” correct?