Wildman named chief economist at FCC

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The FCC chairman said in a statement that Wildman "has conducted important research on broadband adoption and spectrum management, among other topics."

"The chief economist’s role and office are critical to the agency’s work and its understanding of complex economic issues related to the communications sector," Genachowski added.

Before joining Michigan State in 1999, Wildman served as the director of Northwestern University's telecommunications science, management and policy program and was an assistant professor of economics at the University of California, Los Angeles.