Julius Genachowski, the man hand-picked by President Barack Obama to chair the FCC, insists that the Internet is going to remain a libertarian haven. “I’ve been clear repeatedly that we’re not going to regulate the Internet,” he told The Wall Street Journal in February 2010. But as Associate Editor Peter Suderman reports, his actions suggest otherwise. Since taking office in June 2009, Genachowski, a tech entrepreneur and former FCC counsel, has led the commission on an unprecedented quest for power over the Web’s network infrastructure, sparking a thunderous, confusing lobbying battle over who gets to control the Net.
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