FCC Meets The New Boss
June 30, 2009 at 5:29 PM (PT)
New Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI told the FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION staff in his opening remarks that “the FCC’s potential as a force for good remains constant.” Noting that President OBAMA nominated him on ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL’s birthday, GENACHOWSKI spoke about learning in DALE HATFIELD’s FCC UNIVERSITY class that BELL’s insight, “a technique for capturing sound and sending it over electrical wires … changed our lives and changed the world.”
I want people to look at the FCC -- our FCC -- and say 'this is an agency that works.'
GENACHOWSKI spoke of the progress of communication to today’s Internet, social networking and gigabit fiber connections, and called it “a great and humbling honor to return to the agency to continue our travels on this path at this extraordinary moment when the promise of technology has never been brighter and our obligations at the FCC have never been greater. “
He thanked the staff for doing "a great job with a difficult hand" on the DTV transition (thus saving him the need to answer some questions before the Senate Commerce Committee at his confirmation hearing four days later) and told the staff, "If we do our jobs right and harness the power of communications to confront these challenges, we will have chosen the right course, and we will make a real positive difference in the lives of our children and future generations."
GENACHOWSKI, who will swear Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL in for a new term at THURSDAY's open meeting, enumerated the Commission’s goals as promoting universal broadband, policies to promote job creation, competition, innovation and investment, protecting and empowering consumers and families, improving public safety communications networks, "advancing a vibrant media landscape, in these challenging times, that serves the public interest in the 21st century," and bringing the country into the lead in the world’s mobile communications. He said that the Commission "will be fair. We will be open and transparent. Our policy decisions will be fact-based and data-driven ... In the end, I want people to look at the FCC -- our FCC -- and say 'this is an agency that works.'"