Levin to leave FCC for Aspen Institute in May

“I am pleased to join the Aspen Institute team,” Levin said in a statement. “There I can reflect on the impact of the National Broadband Plan and particularly its application to the international arena.”

Levin's resume includes considerable work in the private and public spheres. Before joining the FCC's broadband team, he assisted President Barack Obama with his transition into office, specifically focusing on technology.

Years earlier, he served as chief of staff for then-FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, during which time he "oversaw the implementation of the 1996 Telecommunications Reform Act," according to the FCC.

That law is the subject of serious debate in 2010, as a federal court ruled last week that it in part does not authorize the FCC to regulate broadband providers -- an authority the agency needs to carry out much of its National Broadband Plan.