Rockefeller: FCC Is Broken
Slams FCC under former administration at confirmation hearings for FCC nominees Mignon Clyburn, Meredith Attwell Baker
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/15/2009 2:45:00 PM
According to text of his opening remarks at the confirmation hearings for FCC nominees Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Attwell Baker, Senator Rockefeller slammed the FCC under the former administration as "beholden" to the media industry it regulates, ideology-driven and insufficiently focused on consumers.
New Chairman Julius Genachowski, who heard a similar review of the ghost of FCC past during his nomination hearing, has pledged to address all those concerns, and vowed a transparent, consumer-focused and data-driven commission. But Rockefeller was looking to make sure Baker and Clyburn were on the same page.
He sounded hopeful that the pair, Clyburn a Democrat and Baker a Republican, had the requisite tools for the job.
"I believe the perspectives you bring will help with this task," he said. He called Clyburn, a South Carolina utility commissioner, a "seasoned state regulator who knows what rural America looks like."
In Baker, he said, "We have someone who has toiled in the trenches at the NTIA and knows communications issues from the inside out."
They are both expected to be approved by the committee. The Senate vote could be as easy, or there could be a hold-up related to either the nominees answers to questions or unrelated matters like a contentious health care bill battle. A single senator can block a nomination anonymously and for any reason.
The FCC may be "broken" - but not as Rockefeller suggests. Like him, it is largelty influenced by radical watchdog lobbyists, who have to protect their jobs by (re-)raising non-issues like this. Let's just cut out all non-educational (i.e. entertainment) programming and drop all ("evil") advertising. It's the only way to make them happy -- or probably not, as nothing will make them happy.
Steve - 7/16/2009 11:15:20 AM EDT
Clyburn is totally unqualified. She was put on the SC Public Service Commission By her father. She didn't have a clue about what she was doing, but neither did most of the other political appointees to the SC PSC.
These FCC appointments are a clear end run by AT&T and friends to control Broadband competition. The last FCC did as good a job as possible under the relentless Lobbying of AT&T & friends. The only people they made mad were AT&T and it's political whores like Rockefeller.
These new FCC members are ignorant of technology and how telecommunications works in the world at all levels. They will be pawns for the Lobbyist to use against free enterprise and broadband deployment in America.
It's a sad day when these type characters get into places that control the future of our economy and safety.
SAD, SAD, SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BILL - 7/16/2009 9:34:31 AM EDT
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