Heartland Institute Experts React FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's Announcement He is Stepping Down

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Technology experts at The Heartland Institute react to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's announcement that he will be stepping down from his post.

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Jim Lakely, Co-DIrector of the Center on the Digital Economy, The Heartland Institute

The next chairman of the FCC should enter the office with a greater sense of humility and with the mind set of an entrepreneur rather than a bureaucrat.

-- Jim Lakely, The Heartland Institute

According to a press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Friday that he will step down “in the coming weeks” before his term expires at the end of June.

In a video posted at the FCC website, Genachowski said: "I know you’ll continue to fight hard to fulfill this agency’s vital mission, and I look forward to continuing to work together until my last day at the agency, and to count you as family and as an inspiration for long after that."

The following statements from telecommunications and technology policy experts at The Heartland Institute – a free-market think tank – may be used for attribution. For more comments, refer to the contact information below. To book a Heartland guest on your program, please contact Director of Communications Jim Lakely at jlakely(at)heartland(dot)org and 312/377-4000 or (cell) 312/731-9364.

“Julius Genachowski never let the will of Congress, the opinion of the American people, or even federal court decisions get in the way of his determination to regulate the Internet. And in the one area where he could have made a difference – freeing up spectrum for use in the exploding wireless broadband market – he failed miserably.

“The next chairman of the FCC should enter the office with a greater sense of humility and with the mind set of an entrepreneur rather than a bureaucrat. The commission would best serve the public if it would get out of the way of a digital economy poised to grow and innovate in ways regulators can hardly imagine.”

Jim Lakely
Co-Director, Center on the Digital Economy
The Heartland Institute

“Let’s wish Chairman Genachowski the best of luck in all his future endeavors – as long as his career path takes him as far away from policymaking as possible. His tenure at the Federal Communications Commission has been disastrous.

“From scuttling the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, hamstringing the NBC-Universal merger with Comcast with outrageous demands, imposing network neutrality by fiat as the law of the land, and redirecting the Universal Service Fund to expand broadband coverage in a country that already boasts 95 percent coverage, the chairman has time and again shown he’s no friend of business. But, more important, he has exhibited reckless disregard for American consumers and taxpayers.”

Bruce Edward Walker
Policy Advisor, Telecom
The Heartland Institute

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