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Former FCC Lawyer Named to Succeed Magaziner

Former Federal Communications Commission lawyer Elliot Maxwell has been tapped to take succeed Ira Magaziner as the Clinton Administration's Internet policy advisor.

However, unlike Magaziner, Maxwell's role isn't expected to be as high profile. Maxwell will report to Commerce Secretary William Daly whereas Magaziner worked closely with President Clinton.

Maxwell, who has served as deputy chief of the FCC's Office of Plans and Policy since February 1996, will become the Special Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce for the Digital Economy.

Maxwell will be responsible for coordinating Commerce Department e-commerce initiatives. Specific areas of interest include privacy, reform of the Uniform Commercial Code to accommodate electronic contracts, consumer protection, formation of technical standards and protection of intellectual property.

From 1993 to 1996 Maxwell was director of international technology policy at the Commerce Department. In that role, he spearheaded efforts to ensure that U.S. international policies promoted the technology development and increased private sector access to foreign technology and foreign government technology programs.

Prior to joining the government, Maxwell worked for ten years at Pacific Telesis Group in San Francisco. Maxwell also served as special assistant to the chairman of the FCC and from 1980 to 1981 he was deputy chief of the Office of Science and Technology, now known as the Office of Engineering and Technology.

Maxwell's appointment has been well received by the Internet community, whose consensus is that he is both knowledgeable and accessible. The former Fulbright scholar is also friends with Magaziner from their undergraduate days at Brown University. Maxwell went on to receive his law degree from Yale University. He lives with his wife and two children in Bethesda, Maryland.