Commerce IT executive nominated

President Bush this week nominated Michael D. Gallagher to the post of assistant secretary of Commerce for communications and information'a position considered crucial in helping to shape the president's Internet policies.

Gallagher, currently the deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, will be responsible for formulating U.S. telecommunications and Internet policy if confirmed to the post.

Gallagher joined NTIA in November 2001 and is credited with playing a key role in its development of a radio spectrum allocation plan that paved the way for deployment of third-generation services. By 2005, large networks are expected to have high-speed wireless pipes for Internet browsing, data transfers and even videophone conversations. (Click for GCN coverage)

Before joining NTIA, Gallagher was vice president for state public policy at Verizon Wireless. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

If confirmed by the Senate, Gallagher would replace Nancy Victory, who resigned from the post in August.

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