FCC Chairman: 'I'm Impatient Too'

September 29, 2010 -

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is in the weeds, as House Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman (D-Ca.) preps a bill that would set rules for net neutrality. As we detailed earlier, these are not the rules that net neutrality proponents wanted. What started out as a serious pursuit of new rules for broadband and wireless service providers has turned into a stall for the FCC.

Now Genachowski sits on the sidelines, looking impotent to proponents of new regulations. Earlier this year he delayed any decision on net neutrality rules until after the mid-term elections, and handed off the political football to the House Commerce Committee. Groups like New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative find the FCC's lack of movement on the issue discouraging.

"We don't have a chairman making bad decisions. We just have a chairman that doesn't make decisions," said Sascha Meinrath, director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative. Meinrath was a member of the Obama campaign's tech advisory group.

Genachowski and his aides say that the criticism is unfair and that the FCC is still working on a number of important proposals.

"I'm impatient, too. This is an important area that touches a lot, and it's important for our economy," said Mr. Genachowski in an interview. "There's a lot to do. There's a lot we've gotten done, but there's a lot to do."

But Free Press disagrees: "To the extent that any FCC chairman has any political capital, they have it in their first year," said Derek Turner, research director at Free Press, a public interest group. "Genachowski spent his first year asking a lot of questions and not taking much meaningful action. It's paralysis by analysis."

Source: WSJ


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Re: FCC Chairman: 'I'm Impatient Too'

I just can't fathom how anybody who understands what Net Neutrality is could be opposed to it.  I know the "GOVERNMENT BAD!" mantra is important to the tea partiers, but it's taken to an unreasonable extreme here.  Suppose the water company decided to charge you extra because you collect rainwater runoff to water your garden, and they wanted to recoup their losses.  Or they shut off your water because they saw a Culligan van in front of your house.  The government should be able to take action to stop, punish, and hopefully prevent these abuses, right?  That's exactly what Net Neutrality is, only for the internet instead of water.  Why can't people understand that?

Re: FCC Chairman: 'I'm Impatient Too'

Another example, Wal Mart refuses you service because they saw you try to put a Meijer soda bottle in the recycling machine.

Re: FCC Chairman: 'I'm Impatient Too'

If he wants a shot at actually accomplishing anything worthwhile with NN he'll have to wait until after mid-term elections.

 
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Andrew EisenGee, I guess putting a former cable industry lobbyist as the Chairman of the FCC wasn't that great of an idea. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/fcc-new-net-neutrality-rules.html?_r=204/23/2014 - 7:26pm
Andrew EisenIanC - I assume what he's getting at is the fact that once PS3/360 development ceases, there will be no more "For Everything But Wii U" games.04/23/2014 - 5:49pm
Andrew EisenMatthew - Yes, obviously developers will eventually move on from the PS3 and 360 but the phrase will continue to mean exactly what it means.04/23/2014 - 5:45pm
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Matthew Wilson@Andrew Eisen the phrase everything but wiiu will be meaningless afer this year becouse devs will drop 360/ps3 support.04/23/2014 - 4:43pm
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