FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has laid out a major mission for the FCC: making affordable high-speed Internet available to all Americans, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Internet providers are watching nervously as Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s new chairman, pursues his first big mission: making affordable high-speed Internet access available to everyone in the U.S., according to a story in the Wall Street Journal.
Written by Amy Schatz, the story says AT&T, Verizon and Comcast are already arguing that new rules on how they manage their networks, such as requiring companies to lease network space to competitors, could stifle innovation and new investments.
Genachowski told the Journal that he doesn’t have a firm timetable for completing the FCC’s review of whether consumers are being harmed by exclusive wireless phone deals, such as Apple Inc.’s pact with AT&T to offer the iPhone.
Genachowski’s deliberative style and his focus on broadband policy suggest the agency may take a go-slow approach toward other regulation-writing, the story says.
The FCC chairman said he is working to encourage more communication and transparency at the FCC, including an overhaul of the agency’s Web site, making it easier for consumers to find information. Under previous Chairman Kevin Martin, who preferred a top-down management style that discouraged information leaks, many agency staff got out of the habit of communicating with one another and to the public, the story says.
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