FCC Boss Genachowski to Step Down
Tumultuous and Often Timid Tenure Terminates
by Karl Bode 08:57AM Friday Mar 22 2013 Tipped by S_engineer
Anonymous sources have been telling outlets like the Wall Street Journal
that FCC boss Julius Genachowski will be announcing his departure from the FCC sometime today. His exit comes during a busy week for departures at the agency, which also saw the exits of chief counsel Sherrese Smith and Commissioner Robert McDowell. Replacements from both parties for Genachowski and McDowell will now be selected in tandem.
Genachowski's departure had been expected, resulting in numerous recent media postmortems of his tenure at the FCC, most of which concluded that he was a timid fence sitter
-- obsessed with pleasing everybody and in the process pleasing absolutely no-one.
His greatest fault was, like his predecessors, failing to even seriously acknowledge the significant competitive and pricing problems that plague most broadband markets. Worse, perhaps, he ignored how that lack of competition resulted in price gouging via usage caps, overages, and unreliable meters the FCC should have been policing
His high point from the consumer perspective was probably his blockade of the AT&T T-Mobile deal, though the deal was so bad
the DOJ was going to shut it down anyway. Genachowski desperately worked to be the FCC boss who paved the way for wireless, though he'll more accurately be remembered as another in a long line of FCC bosses who pretended the market he regulated was perfectly competitive.
Of course things could be worse; his top replacement candidate is considered to be Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for both the cable and wireless industries
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There is that I am better then you look because I....... Every time I see a picture of Genachowski and that I want to sell you a sh*tty used car look I want to start throwing rocks in his general direction.
Re: There is that I am better then you look because I.......
said by Transmaster:Right?
Every time I see a picture of Genachowski and that I want to sell you a sh*tty used car look I want to start throwing rocks in his general direction.
That little dimple on his chin cries out: 'Hit Me!'
I may have been born yesterday. But it wasn't at night.
Re: Potentially in other news...
said by talz13:Since he led the charge that derailed the AT&T / T-Mobile Merger, I doubt if AT&T is keeping a seat warm for him. I don't know about VZ.
Who replaces him? »www.politico.com/story/2 ··· ml?hp=l1
And since Republican Commissioner McDowell is also leaving, the replacements will go thru Congress as a package. Congress will OK who Obama wants as the new Chairman and the Republican's in Congress get to choose the new Republican Commissioner.
Initial candidates for the top job include Core Capital Partners Managing Director Tom Wheeler; sitting Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel; Karen Kornbluh, former ambassador to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; Blair Levin, former FCC chief of staff and primary author of the commission's National Broadband Plan; and National Telecommunications and Information Administration Chief Larry Strickling.
said by decifal:I just wish they would stop filling the job with lawyers. Put an engineer in there for a nice change of pace.
Doesn't matter.. Everyone is paid for, a stuffed animal might as well have that seat.
I mean, really I read this thing, and it's another apparent gripe about a fail at the federal level to address overpriced broadband (along with the usual sprinkling of overage/usage verbiage at the level of being paranoid):
If people don't find this on DSL reports, are they just screwed? I mean, surely such a brazen attack on the availability of Internet access in the United States must be noticed by the media at a level of reporting that is more competent than this site's (and I'm being serious about this accusation) copy and paste of "force to LTE with data caps and expensive overages" every time Verizon pulls DSL service.
On the DSL service, this time I went looking, in detail, at what other options were available to these people in New York.
I don't even know how to elaborate on how blatantly and intentionally stupid this site is starting to look. Did you even try ? I mean, assuming you noticed that Fire Island, New York is clearly a seasonal summer destination for people that have got a LOT of money to spend on that sort of thing, and obviously aren't having their last hope of Internet dashed from the bowels of the central office - you could have at least looked at what else is there.
Next, I'm going to argue that, if I'm going to throw down cash to bail for the summer to my beach-side getaway, my Internet use is going to amount to paying bills and sending pictures of how lazy I'm being to my Facebook page.
In other words, reading the place's website, I can't actually believe that pulling DSL actually has some major consequences.
But I only went into who and what is actually there, after first checking alternatives. This has just turned unbelievable. I gotta start my own website.
1). Making fun of mobile users that are too incompetent to realize that 38/15 transfer rates from AT&T are even happening on their devices are insanely far beyond what is needed for what they are doing on said device, past initial contac with LTE amounting to "oh look! My YouTube and Netflix go fast!" (Facebook, for example, is publically trashed for it's poor mobile app performance regardless of connection speed, and also isn't doing anything that looks faster when you go from 15 down to 36 down)
2). The hilarious inability of either U-verse subscribers or DSLreports to wonder why it's only happening in the AT&T wireline footprint in any case where it can be verified (57mbps is the claimed tested max, and if that's true, it further reinforces my next point)
3). Going one step farther than the previous post, and using your imagination, ask yourself "well, what happens if they put the hardware that's now in the phone into my U-verse router", and then maybe pull a razzle dazzle and pull previous history of controversy where AT&T was giving network preference specifically to iPhones, in terms of data speeds.
Realizing I can eliminate, very quickly, any attempt you make to apply "mobile broadband is unreliable" boohoo you hear on this site to the idea - I can tell you it's non-applicable when your U-verse router is running on the same "this goes fastest" device policy.
And if you take that laaaaast step, you might find an educated source that tells you actual capabilities of "LTE" that, up until just now, you might not have realized is the same thing as your home WiFi, but it's hiding up at the "lots of people connected to router" level of service and is on top of a tower.
Shrink tower, place at fiber providing U-verse, deliver service over an area at the subdivision level of coverage...
God, why do I even try anymore? It's most likely a universal situation in the service areas of all landline IPTV providers, and I'll bet it's especially true in Verizon and AT&T service areas.
I quit. I quit before I have to get into where Google supposedly started a fiber network from nothing, in it's relation to AT&T fiber that starts at a huge building in downtown Kansas City, at least four decades prior, and follows major interstates in all directions out of town, the most hilarious example being when it arrives in Omaha Nebraska, is now in a FIOS area and is owned by a company that is formerly AT&T.
I just completely quit at what upstream fiber providers google paid to cut in their own fiber, because then I realize that it's just not possible for anybody to even try reading this far...
Where do I go to find smart people on the Internet?