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FCC Blames Budget Cuts For Website Issues
by Karl Bode 07:56AM Friday Jul 18 2014
The FCC's website has failed numerous times during the initial network neutrality comment period, something the agency is blaming on budget cuts. In a blog post, FCC boss Tom Wheeler Congress has failed to provide a large enough budget for IT upgrades, insisting that additional funding would help to prevent similar problems in the future and that the agency currently operates under a budget that "would be unacceptable to any well-managed business." The complaints come as Congress votes this week on a bill that would reduce the FCC's already-slashed budget another $17 million. The FCC extended their neutrality comment filing deadline until Friday after the most recent website choke.

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elefante72

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Good

I guess the government hasn't discovered innovation happening on the net in the last 10 years. They could run their website on AWS for $200 a month or use any of the myriad of freeware big data tools out there

The other joke is "well managed business" because clearly the government doesn't approach anything close to even a failing business or even know what a well managed business is.

Seeing there are only 5 companies running things these days, their job should be easier, not harder.

Maybe he should ring up some of his lobbyist buddies to pony up for a new i7 processor in their farm. Or maybe it was congestion at Level 3

batman

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Re: Good

said by elefante72:

The other joke is "well managed business" because clearly the government doesn't approach anything close to even a failing business or even know what a well managed business is.

The FCC wants $375 mill to run the FCC for 1 yr. What's a $17m cut - nothing. They may have to cut travel for the commissioners and lawyers.

Wheeler defends his budget:
»www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-wh···-request

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netbus developer
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Brighton, MA
I doubt that they can run a government system on AWS. They have to control every aspect of it.
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A sane approach to our federal budget: Ignore the tea party
ITGeeks

join:2014-04-20
Cleveland, OH

Re: Good

It's outsourced now for the most part.
LSTA

join:2010-11-25
North York, ON
There's AWS for Government too, you know. And other cloud providers catering to that segment, e.g. Microsoft.

OSUGoose

join:2007-12-27
Columbus, OH

Surprised?

Thats how most things the GOP hate operate. If we actually funded the regulatory agencies properly, they would have some actual teeth. Also the added benefit of lobbying not making as much as or if any impact in a anti-consumer way. We might just have fiber for everyone by now had things worked and were funded how they should of been, vs what we have now with the FCC.
silbaco
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join:2009-08-03
USA

FCC

The FCC is a poorly performing load of crap. Their website is terrible once you get behind the fancy front page. Some of the sections for radio look like something out of the early 90's and are nearly impossible to navigate without Google. They shouldn't even be allowed to run their own website.
firedrakes

join:2009-01-29
Arcadia, FL

Re: FCC

lol poorly run and mange
ITGeeks

join:2014-04-20
Cleveland, OH
The same as calling them and trying to find anything out from them. Totally worthless and needs to be shut down and redone and stick to the laws they were created for- protecting the radio stations.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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Re: FCC

Have you ever heard of the '96 Telecom Act? The FCC is responsible for a whole lot more than just "protecting radio stations" No matter how many times you repeat it, your fantasy Legal scenario will never exist.
silbaco
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Re: FCC

Thing is that they can't even get protecting stations right. Look at the mess that is AM. They have had numerous chances to turn the band's decline around and tackle some of the problems AM is facing. But they haven't done much of anything. If they can't even handle one of their most basic jobs, they can't and are not qualified to handle anything.