FCC loses legal adviser Levine

Amy Levine, senior counsel and legal adviser to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, will leave her post, the agency announced Wednesday.

Charles Mathias, associate bureau chief in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will fill Levines role on an interim basis until a replacement is named.

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The FCC did not explain what Levines plans are, but the agency said she will move away from Washington.

Levine was the legal adviser in charge of wireless, engineering and public safety issues. During her tenure, the commission blocked the $39 billion merger of AT&T and T-Mobile over concerns that the deal would stifle competition and destroy jobs.

She also provided technical advice to lawmakers, promoting incentive spectrum auctions and a nationwide public safety broadband network. Congress included both policy goals as part of the payroll tax cut extension.

Before serving at the FCC, Levine worked for former Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) who served as chairman of what was then the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet; Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee; and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).