In beginning to shape his cabinet, Barack Obama has selected two veterans of the telecom industry to help create the administrations high-tech policy priorities, including a former classmate of the President-elect.
Julius Genachowski, a classmate of Obama in law school who was former chief of council to the FCC, has been selected as one of the leaders of a group that will work on technology, innovation, and government reform for the administration, including net neutrality.
The Harvard Law School alumus has often been named as one of the top candidates for FCC chairman under the Obama administration.
Genachowski is credited with recommending that Obama use the power of the internet to organize support and is an advisor on the Obama-Biden Transition Project Advisory Board.
Also named to the group is Blair Levin, an investment analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, who has also been a front runner for the FCC chairmanship, and Sonal Shah, who heads the philanthropic arm of Google.
Obama has stated that technology will be one of the main agenda in his administration. Among the technology plans for the Obama-Biden administration are to protect the openness of the internet and encourage diversity in media ownership.