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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 See Profile
Anonymous sources have been telling outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Politico 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.

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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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Transmaster
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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.

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Re: There is that I am better then you look because I.......

said by Transmaster:

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.

Right?

That little dimple on his chin cries out: 'Hit Me!'

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Potentially in other news...

Outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announces he is joining the [Insert Organisation Here] who have offered him several million a year to serve as a lobbyist to Congress and the FCC.

Anyone want to guess on the organisation?
talz13

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Re: Potentially in other news...

AT&Verizon-Mobile?

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Re: Potentially in other news...

said by talz13:

AT&Verizon-Mobile?

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.
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Re: Potentially in other news...

Sprint was probably happy with him

Perplexed

@mycingular.net
Does it matter? It's such an obvious conspiracy to rob the United States of quality broadband connections that soon, when CNN finally comes through to save us, their website will simply disappear from the Internet.

I mean, they don't even appear to have noticed the problem yet, and neither has anybody else outside of "omfg it's a conspiracy to force me to attach a keyboard to a tablet with 'data caps and expensive overage fees' (copy and pasted from one newsflash prior, in an unending chain that could possibly be traced back to the first time it appeared on this site...

You guys gotta get some people with better imaginations, or else people that you at least let argue with you (and I don't mean in a "you don't need unlimited Internet" or "mobile data is all you really need" way, more like "what you think should be the case actually isn't the case because it's getting skipped in favor of the one that comes after that"

Fail. Terrible site, primarily due to front page, but complicated by lack of all possibility of a "the state of broadband forum" that would let you discuss all carriers at once. I swear it has to be happening on purpose...

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said by PapaMidnight:

Outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announces he is joining the [Insert Organisation Here] who have offered him several million a year to serve as a lobbyist to Congress and the FCC.

Anyone want to guess on the organisation?

That was my first thought too, when I read the news. That FCC job just seems to be the official apprenticeship stage for becoming a lobbyist.
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Who replaces him?

»www.politico.com/story/2013/03/j···ml?hp=l1

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.

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.

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Re: Who replaces him?

Perhaps the 29th Commissioner can finally be a woman for once?

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Re: Who replaces him?

said by Karl Bode:

Perhaps the 29th Commissioner can finally be a woman effective for once?

Fixed it for ya Karl.
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Re: Who replaces him?

I nominate Andrew "Dice" Clay....at least the hearings would be worth watching

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Re: Who replaces him?

Louis Black. Interesting and Brutally Direct . . .

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Agreed
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I

Doesn't matter.. Everyone is paid for, a stuffed animal might as well have that seat.

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said by decifal:

Doesn't matter.. Everyone is paid for, a stuffed animal might as well have that seat.

I just wish they would stop filling the job with lawyers. Put an engineer in there for a nice change of pace.
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Genachowski was a moron

We could close the whole department and be just fine.
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They need to:

.. shut down the Lobby Party. Former lobbyists for cable, television and wireless industry, and former aides for U.S. Congressmen cannot have a seat at the FCC trough for ten years after he/she last worked as a lobbyist or for any member of congress the American people elect.

Ditto for the outgoing chairmen and members of the FCC. He or she may not work for a U.S. Congressman, a act on the behalf or a Congressional lobbyist for 10-years after he/she leaves their seat at the FCC trough permanently.

The FCC should not be a highly paid position. It should not paid in any manner except limited reimbursement items.
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Re: They need to:

Agreed! Not just the FCC but most (if not all) government agencies/departments/branches are rife with corruption and something needs to be done about it.

Igottaknow

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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?
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Re: I mean, really

Thank you, troll.

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How can you live with it all.. Maybe you should do something about that.
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"Where do I go to find smart people on the Internet?"

please do not be angry. we are only here to help you past your denial and anger. there are no smart people on the Internet. the smart people are making money off of not smart people that continue to pay money for services that are not rendered. each and everyone of us is not smart because we have accepted the term unlimited now means unlimited until I say no more and you wont know when that is and you will be charged when they think you should. on the Internet are the people who go to court and have to pay 250,000 dollars for sharing 12 songs. we are the idiots who allow speed cameras. we are the people that get photographed in Walmart testing the tensil strength of spandex by not only stretching it but moving in it at the same time. we are the same spandex testers that try to wear underwear under said spandex. we are the people who have a mushroom belt to coordinate with the mushroom linings in our jackets consistantly emphasizing how it is to coordinate.

we are the compassionate people that are reaching new parts of the world and can now see first hand how truly sad all the oppression that is in Nigeria. we are a giving people just trying to do our little bit make one tiny bit of change that can touch that one Nigerian prince who can't get his millions out from the oppression and chaos that is his homeland.

we are the ones that rant about everyone else who does not think like we do. we offer our special engineering skills to help others realize that they must be downloading something illegal because nobody could possibly use what you pay for. we stand indignant and proud to tell others how to live.

we are not perfect (well in chat rooms and message boards) we are we lack a few things as well: we are the ones who have a direct window into the politics of the world and do not demand our leaders to do the jobs we would expect from our selves and our children. we are the ones who accept that getting screwed has entered into every part of our lives and we have accepted it. we are the ones who post tantrums and then blame and attack everyone else. we are people who call people lazy and stupid because we don't understand there are other options.

"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"

I don't call people stupid so I will refer to it as I am trying to help you. if you wrote your post in an Internet cafe or a library I assume your researched on your Internet connection which really makes it easy to collect data.

'In your quest for Internet greatness you forgot one small detail.' -wierd scince

you just called people stupid for not doing research in other ISPs. how does someone do research on getting an Internet connection when they are trying to get an internet connection?

you could bring alternate ways but believe it or not there are still people who have never used the Internet. Our baby boomers are coming to an age that you have to have an Internet connections to handle personal business. companies are alreading cutting staff because they aren't needed anymore.

you are one of us. you just don't know it yet.

I don't care about grammar because my phone is dieing.