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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 …