What Do YOU Think About the FCC’s Plans?

  • What Do YOU Think About the FCC’s Plans?
    I just became aware that the FCC has a draft five-year strategic plan that’s open for public comment until Aug. 2. The plan details the FCC’s goal in six core areas:

    BROADBAND: Establish regulatory policies that promote competition, innovation, and
    investment in broadband services and facilities while monitoring progress
    toward the deployment of broadband services in the United States and
    abroad. 47 U.S.C. § 157 and note.
    SPECTRUM: Encourage the highest and best use of spectrum domestically and
    internationally in order to encourage the growth and rapid adoption of new
    technologies. 47 U.S.C. § 309 (j); 303 (g).
    MEDIA: Revise media regulations so that timely development and delivery of new
    technologies is encouraged, media ownership rules promote competition and
    diversity in a comprehensive, legally sustainable manner, and the migration
    to digital modes of delivery is facilitated. 47 U.S.C. §§336, 307(b);
    Telecommunications Act of 1996 § 202(h)
    HOMELAND Provide leadership in evaluating and strengthening the NationÂ’s
    SECURITY: communications infrastructure, in ensuring rapid restoration of that
    infrastructure in the event of disruption, and in ensuring that essential public
    health and safety personnel have effective communications services available
    to them in emergency situations. 47 U.S. C. §§ 151, 606, 337.
    COMPETITION: Support the NationÂ’s economy by ensuring there is a comprehensive and
    competitive framework within which the communications revolution can
    continue so that all consumers can make meaningful choices among and
    have equal access to communications services. 47 U.S.C. §§ 251, 271, 253,
    254.
    MODERNIZE Emphasize performance and results through excellent management, develop
    THE FCC: and retain independent mission-critical expertise, and align the FCC with
    dynamic and converging communications markets. 47 U.S.C. § 155(a).

    Funny how most of us haven’t heard about this, no? Wouldn’t you think this is some pretty important stuff, as it lays the path for our next five years of communciations? Then why hasn’t it been reported on? Do you think it’s because our media conglomerates really don’t want the public commenting on their future? I’ll bet a dollar they’re filing their comments by the truckload.

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