Senators urge Genachowski to revive FCC

Julius Genachowski is widely expected to be confirmed as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission today, following a nomination hearing where he was urged to revive an agency that lawmakers said had been mismanaged through years of secrecy and influenced by corporate interests, reports the Washington Post. "Fix this agency, and prove to us that the FCC is not battered beyond repair," Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., said during yesterday’s hearing. "Show us the FCC can put consumers first, and give them confidence that when they interact with the agency they can get a fair response." Rockefeller noted that during former chairman Kevin J. Martin’s tenure, the FCC was under congressional investigation for mismanagement and the focus of criticism by the Government Accountability Office for its lack of transparency and potential misuse of data. Genachowski said he plans to focus on wireless services and broadband technology to help spur job growth while also expanding access to all Americans….

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