GAO on FCC: Trampling on Sunshine . . .
and it doesn’t feel good. A new GAO report has criticized the FCC for permitting certain favored groups to get an “inside line” on upcoming commission action. Here’s my take on it, and here’s Ed Markey:
“When the corporate insiders and the K Street crowd have the inside track on decisions critical to telecommunications, media, broadband or wireless policy, then the public and consumers are at an inherent disadvantage,” [Ed] Markey said. Markey, who chairs the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, said such violations appear to be “a daily reality” at the FCC.
[This] needs to become a bigger issue for the candidates in this election. Let’s hear a promise by the presidential candidates that they will only appoint FCC commissioners who promise not to work for those they have regulated for at least 5 years after their term is over. That would be real change.