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Last week Congress delayed the confirmation hearings for Julius Genachowski, who was nominated as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, until after the Memorial Day congressional recess. Apparently there’s some political wrangling happening here because traditionally the Republican nominees are also in place for […]

julius-genachowski-thumb1Last week Congress delayed the confirmation hearings for Julius Genachowski, who was nominated as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, until after the Memorial Day congressional recess. Apparently there’s some political wrangling happening here because traditionally the Republican nominees are also in place for the confirmation hearings so the new FCC can get down to business right away. However, there are no Republican nominees yet, hence the delay. What, there isn’t anyone as qualified as previous commissioner Deborah “I-issue-press-releases-about-the -sodium-content-in-canned-soups” Tate? I find that hard to believe.

Meanwhile, in the months since Genachowski has seen his name floated as top choice, and we issued our recommendations for his tenure:

If we all accept that broadband will be the platform for future innovation, then Washington is currently wasting time issuing decrees about the appropriate name for swine flu when it should be pushing for Republican nominees and getting a new FCC in place to start tackling some of these issues before we move further behind as a country. The deadline for a national broadband plan is next February, for crying out loud.

  1. I doubt this is as politically motivated as you think. It’s likely more of a “delay the approval longer so we can keep our constituents (ISPs) happy and, by association, our bank accounts full”.

    Essentially we need not just the government involved, but the people too… most people in Congress aren’t going to alienate those that keep them rich without good cause, and the FCC has a history of rolling over for whoever has the biggest bank account.

    It’s time to stand up for your digital selves, America.

    –Kyle

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  2. Kyle: Yep, we need an FCC chief with actual guts and not just a figurehead who rolls over for companies with clout and money.

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