Less Is More -- At The FCC
March 16, 2009 at 5:22 AM (PT)
There was much talk about reforming the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION in the waning days of the KEVIN MARTIN-led commission, writes MULTICHANNEL.COM. That talk continues now as the Democratic majority ponders its new powers. There have even been discussions about tearing down the silos -- cable regulation, broadcast regulation, phone regulation -- and taking a more holistic approach to the FCC. But it’s unlikely that the talk will lead to a wholesale remaking of the agency.
Arguably, some FCC reform has begun. Acting chairman MICHAEL COPPS moved swiftly after MARTIN’s exit to set a more collegial tone, giving the staffers of other commissioners more access to decision-making and information, and starting weekly meetings with bureau chiefs.
But an across-the-board agency restructuring doesn’t appear to be in the cards. And the less-is-more approach to reform is just fine with another veteran lobbyist."If you promote communication between the silos, you can accomplish the same thing as a big reorganization," the lobbyist says.