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FCC Reform the Star of Confirmation Hearing

As confirmation hearings go, today’s hearing on the nomination of Julius Genachowski to be the new Chair of the FCC and current Commissioner Robert McDowell to be renominated for a second term could only be called a lovefest. And why not? Both are among the most qualified individuals ever …

Managing the FCC: Style, Substance, and Institutional Reform

Kathleen Q. Abernathy Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP I appreciate this opportunity to discuss Phil Weiser’s important and insightful paper detailing problems in the ways in which the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) conducts its business and ways in which its processes might be improved. …

FCC Reform and the Future of Telecommunications Policy

Philip J. Weiser* “We are in danger of becoming prisoners of our own procedures in the administrative process.” Newton N. Minow, FCC Chair, 1961-63 The institutional failings of the FCC have finally begun to attract attention. For years, the agency tolerated a level of mystery and …

Conference Agenda

The new leadership of the FCC will face a challenge in evaluating how to reform how the agency operates and addresses a series of policy challenges. In the wake of the recent conclusions issued by the House Energy & Commerce Committee, it is both timely …

Michael Marcus

Personal Information Full Name Michael Marcus Organization or Affiliation Director of Marcus Spectrum Solutions LLC Biography Michael Marcus is a native of Boston and received S.B. and Sc.D. degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. Prior to joining the FCC in 1979, he worked at Bell Labs on the theory of …

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge is a public-interest advocacy organization dedicated to fortifying and defending a vibrant information commons. This Washington, D.C. based group works with wide spectrum of stakeholders — libraries, educators, scientists, artists, musicians, journalists, consumers, software programmers, civic groups and enlightened businesses — to promote the …

The FCC Gets Serious On Outreach

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a government agency which controls communications by radio, satellite, satellite, or telephone throughout the nation. The FCC maintains control over the regions of privacy, competition, telecommunications, interconnectivity, and nationwide access. It is up to the FCC to protect consumers …

Reform And The Future Of Reform

If you’re among the individuals who feel that the FCC’s attempts to increase consumer protection are not moving in the right direction, you ought to consider the recent events which have happened. The FCC has just launched an initiative that attempts to help consumers understand …