Monday, December 25, 2006

FCC "Ruffles Feathers"

TV Technology NewsBytes posts a refreshingly unrespectful recap of the FCC's recent order. This is the link to follow for an update with a bit of zing. A qoute from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, better know as NATAO, natch:
"Today, the FCC played Scrooge to local governments when they changed the agency from a regulatory to a legislative body," said Libby Beaty, executive director of NATOA. "Unfortunately, unlike Scrooge, it's highly unlikely the FCC will see the error of its way absent court or congressional intervention. We will look forward to providing them both opportunities."
And a bit from a dissenting Commissioner's remarks I've not seen elsewhere:

Shyeah, Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein kind of said in his unabridged statement, which is not posted online.

"I cannot support this order because the FCC is a regulatory agency, not a legislative body," he said. "In my years working on Capitol Hill, I learned enough to know that this is legislation disguised as regulation."

Hopefully this affair will serve notice that simply servicing the phone companies and loudly claiming it benefits the public will be meeting with more resistance than it did in the last 6-10 years. The FCC and Commissioner Martin would be well-served to recognize the new realities.

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