FCC Recommends Complete Overhaul of USF and ICC
Today, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski published a memorandum on its thoughts about the Universal Service Fund and the Intercarrier Compensation system. In the note, Genachowski calls both the USF and ICC flawed in their current forms, and in need of reform. He says that they are outdated and do not serve U.S. citizens in the way that they should. The FCC proposes that, in concert with the National Broadband Plan, the USF and ICC be rewritten with four main goals in mind. Those pillars include: modernizing the programs to support broadband networks; ensuring fiscal responsibility; demanding accountability; and enacting market-driven and incentive-based policies. The FCC will vote on a proposal for changing the USF and ICC on February 8, and hopes to enact a two-stage process for their reform. The goal is to do away with the iCC over time, and use the funds collected by the USF to more effectively deliver broadband to Americans who don't have access to it.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.
Verizon CEO Slams FCC, Wants Congress In Charge
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam pleaded with Congress to "re-take responsibility for policymaking in the Internet ecosystem" in a letter sent Friday to the House and Senate Commerce committees. Lowell pointed to the FCC's recently proposed net neutrality rules and Dish Network's "abuse" of the AWS-3 bidding process as indicators that things have gone off the rails.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.
FCC Chairman Pai Pledges to Be More Transparent
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today said he hopes to make the agency more transparent and accessible to the American public. Primarily, Pai wants to ensure that FCC documents are available earlier in the process ahead of votes and/or adoption by the Commission.
Just because the constitution doesn't grant the fed goverment to do something means nothing, I am sure there is a judge somewhere that will say it is okay.
The purpose of the FCC is to silence and censor speech the government finds unacceptable
What I would love to ...