The Wall Street Journal reports that President-elect Barack Obama intends to nominate his technology adviser, Julius Genachowski, to head the Federal Communications Commission, a Democratic source close to the Obama transition team says. Genachowski, 46 years old, is a former Harvard Law School classmate of Obama. He previously worked at the FCC during the Clinton administration. More recently, he co-founded LaunchBox Digital, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm. During the campaign, Genachowski served as Obama’s top technology adviser, putting together a detailed technology and innovation plan that expressed support for open internet or "net neutrality" protections; media-ownership rules that encourage more diversity; and expansion of affordable broadband access across the country. If confirmed, Genachowski will take over an agency that has had rocky relations with Congress and major companies in the telecommunications industry under current FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. The agency might also still be coping with the U.S. transition to digital-only television, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 17 but could be pushed back to the summer…

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