The Federal Communications Commission was in a state of sudden upheaval last week, with the announcements that three of the FCC’s top officials — Chairman Julius Genachowski, GOP Commissioner Robert McDowell and Chief Counsel Sherrese Smith — would be leaving. None have said where they’ll be working next.

Practitioners said they expect few policy changes under a new chairman, and credited Genachowski for his efforts during a time of recurring technological transformations. "This chairman understood the changes and tried to orient the agency in a way that respected legacy technologies, but at the same time looked ahead at new technologies," said Yaron Dori, co-chairman of Covington & Burling‘s communications and media practice group. "I think there is a mixed verdict on how carefully he balanced those interests. I think time will tell if he got that balance right." — Mounira Al Hmoud and Matthew Huisman


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