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Schmidt, Otellini join tech lobby

The chief executives of Google and Intel have joined the executive committee of TechNet, a lobbying group representing the technology industry.

TechNet announced the appointments of Google's Eric Schmidt and Intel's Paul Otellini along with word that Rey Ramsey would be taking over as the group's CEO in January.

Ramsey has been serving as chief executive of One Economy, a nonprofit that focuses on delivering technology training and Internet access to low-income people.

In his role at One Economy, Ramsey has figured prominently in the broadband policy discussion, frequently appearing at FCC proceedings and congressional hearings.

Cisco CEO John Chambers, who co-founded TechNet and currently co-chairs the group, called Ramsey's selection "an inspired choice."

Schmidt and Otellini will join tech luminaries such as EMC CEO Joseph Tucci, Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson and Symantec President on CEO Enrique Salem on TechNet's executive committee.

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