The World: New York - Obama names new Federal Communications chief

President Obama has nominated one of his former Harvard Law School classmates to be the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Julius Genachowski will replace Democrat Michael Copps who had been acting FCC chairman since Kevin Martin, a Republican, left in January.

Observers expect that the FCC under Genachowski will focus heavily on broadband technology innovation as well as being tough on media mergers and acquisitions.

Genachowski, who previously served as a legal advisor to the FCC, was Obama's technology adviser during his presidential campaign.