Items tagged "Competition"


Our Broadband ‘Plan’ Is Already Toast

May 8, 2009 Broadband , Competition , International , Network Neutrality , Network Open Access

For a couple of hours yesterday, there appeared a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, someone in the U.S. Senate was serious about a broadband policy. That glimmer – the Senate Commerce Committee announced a confirmation hearing for May 12 for Julius Genachowski, the pick to be the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

But the glimmer, much like a buffer copy, was only transitory. A couple of hours later, the hearing was postponed until after Memorial Day. Why? The Republicans now have to pick not one, but possibly two nominees for the FCC, and haven’t decided on a package. It would be horrible, just horrible, for the Senate at least to proceed on the Democratic nominees, Genachowski and perhaps Mignon Clyburn, daughter of House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) to fill out the Commission while the Republicans hash it out. Or not. It would be nice if all parties grew up and let the Commission get a chairman already.

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