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FCC Needs to “Fix the Legal Foundation” to Implement National Broadband Plan

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Speaking at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill last Thursday, Carrol Mattey, Deputy Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission, said that FCC would need a clear congressional mandate to overcome jurisdictional challenges to the National Broadband Plan’s implementation.  “Many significant adoption recommendations are outside the jurisdiction of the FCC, however,” she said, “and will require action by Congress, executive branch agencies, state and local governments, and other non-governmental stakeholders.”

Writing on the FCC’s blog on the same day, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called broadband “the indispensible infrastructure of

FCC Needs to "Fix the Legal Foundation" to Implement National Broadband Plan - top government contractors - best government contracting event
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the Potomac Officers Club

the 21st century economy,” going on to characterize it as “vital also for helping solve pressing national challenges like education, health care, energy, and public safety” as well as “vital for free speech and for our democracy,” and said that Congress now needs to “fix the legal foundation.”

“Let“™s find a solid legal foundation to move forward on key policy outcomes previously identified without doing anything more than necessary to achieve that purpose,” wrote Chairman Genachowski, putting forward his third way approach to implementing the National Broadband Plan as a solution.  “Will this approach serve as the basis for a broad restructuring of how broadband providers do business?  No. Will it serve as the basis for regulatory creep?  No. And we“™ve suggested ways to have clear and lasting boundaries against regulatory overreach.”

Chairman Genachowski closed his post by calling on America’s cable providers to “secure a solid legal foundation for our broadband future, and to implement policies that will promote the kind of innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship exhibited by cable“™s pioneers.”

“The Comcast decision has created a problem,” acknowledged Chairman Genachowski.  “Let“™s approach it with the philosophy of the business community: let“™s work together to solve it.”

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Written by Jim Garrettson

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