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FCC chair signals agenda items ahead: USF, consumer issues

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commision, on Thursday highlighted some items on his agenda going forward.

In a speech during an awards dinner for the nonprofit One Economy, Genachowski mentioned four items worth noting:

-Reforming the Universal Service Fund to make it efficient and targeted to where it’s most needed.

-Putting in place incentive auctions and recovering underused spectrum, a vital step for global competitiveness, and extending broadband in underserved communities.

-Empowering consumers of wired and wireless broadband, and promoting competition.

-Promoting broadband adoption, including by working with One Economy on the ideas and initiatives it has pursued with such vigor and success.

Next week, the FCC will take on cell phone billing with a "bill shock" proposal. But it is worth noting that Genachowski mentioned a broader ambition to address consumer issues on wired broadband too. And given that he is signaling that he will promote competition, many policies could fall under that umbrella. Exclusive handset arrangements on wireless? Early termination fees?

The speech highlighted the agency's plan to expand broadband connections and increase adoption rates, so there was no mention of Genachowski's proposed net neutrality rule.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 8, 2010; 8:28 AM ET
Categories:  Broadband, Consumers, FCC, Spectrum  
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