Originally published: June 3, 2011
Last updated: June 3, 2011 - 11:15pm
If Blair Levin had his druthers, no Federal Communications Commission commissioner would be allowed to interview for a private sector job, let alone take one, while sitting in public office.
“No one who is a Senate-confirmed person at the agency should interview for any private sector job while they are there,” said Levin, principal architect of the National Broadband Plan. “If the Senate confirms you to be a decisionmaker, go be a decisionmaker,” he added, arguing that public officials should have some sort of cooling-off period before going to work for the entities they previously regulated. After leaving the FCC, Levin took a job as a fellow at the Aspen Institute. That’s where he remains today.
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