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FCC About To Hit Full Strength; Senate Confirms Clyburn, Attwell Baker

President Barack Obama can’t get health care reform passed before the August recess but it looks like he will have one accomplishment: a full Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Senate today confirmed by unanimous consent the nominations of Mignon Clyburn (pictured), a Democrat, and *Meredith* Attwell Baker, a Republican; the two could join the commission by next week.

They join Julius Genachowski, the new FCC chairman, and current commissioners Michael Copps and Robert McDowell, bringing the FCC to full strength for the first time since January. Obama nominated Genachowski, a Democrat, and nominated Republican McDowell for a second term; this will be the first time Democrats have held the three-seat majority since 2001. Top of the agenda: making broadband accessible and affordable across the U.S.

The two incoming commissioners are well connected politically: Baker, the daughter of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, formerly was acting head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration; Clyburn, the daughter of House majority whip James Clyburn, is on the South Carolina Public Service Commission. More details at Multichannel News.

One Response to “FCC About To Hit Full Strength; Senate Confirms Clyburn, Attwell Baker”

  1. Technologically aware


    We are tired of corporate America mobile cellular companies asking us to make a commitment to their company when they have no loyalty to, us, their customers. As American consumers we go to cell phone companies for service, not for equipment. Branding another manufacturer’s equipment is just another way for them to bind us into contractual agreements and, to charge us additional monies to use the full features of the equipment, as designed by the original cell phone manufacturer, in an “a la carte” manner.

    We need better consumer protection against leveraging our credit rating and worthiness, if, we should become un-employed during the duration of such a commitment, on such a product.

    Therefore, we are asking for legislation that allows us to:

    • Purchase our own equipment directly from cell phone manufacturers or without making two year commitments or any.
    • Allow us to switch telecommunication service providers without penalty or credit sacrifice.
    • Make it easy for us to move our existing telephone numbers to whichever company we choose.
    • Advertise which telecommunication companies provide the best coverage in our area, on a specified website.
    • Prevent cell phone companies from “piece mealing” services by features that were part of the original cell phone design by the manufacturer.
    • Stop cell phone providers from adding additional charges to our bills utilizing abstract names and means.
    • Giving us a clear cut way to report cell phone providers who fleece their customers, for immediate remedy, and, for better consumer credit protection.
    • Prevent telecommunication companies from designing specialized plans, specific, to certain cell phone manufacturers to abstract more monthly service fees.

    Keep this circulating.