Columbia Law School professor and creator of the term “net neutrality,” Tim Wu, has been appointed senior advisor to the Federal Trade Commission. Wu will begin on February 14 at the FTC’s Office of Policy Planning, where his job will entail helping the agency develop policies that affect the Internet and the mobile communications market. He will hold the position until July 31 to avoid taking further leave from the university.
Wu has been very influential in telecom policy, including helping to draft the net neutrality rules attached to AT&T and BellSouth merging in 2006 and proposing auctions of wireless airwaves to the FCC in 2007.
Wu is expected to deal with consolidation and competition issues regarding Google‘s presence on the Internet and Apple‘s dominance of mobile applications through its App Store.
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