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CHAIRMAN KENNARD CALLS FOR CHANGE, BUT NOT CHAOS, IN OUTLINING FCC'S PRO-CONSUMER, PRO-COMPETITION AGENDA AT HOUSE REAUTHORIZATION HEARING
Washington, DC --- Today FCC Chairman William Kennard outlined his vision for the
future of the FCC before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and
Consumer Protection on Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission. He
presented a report entitled, "A New Federal Communications Commission for the 21st
Century," which committed the FCC to focusing on three core functions - consumer
protection, including universal service; enforcement; and spectrum management.|
Kennard noted that, "In . . . a world where old industry boundaries are no longer and competition is king, we need a New FCC. . . . [T]he traditional boundaries delineating the FCC's current operating bureaus will cease to be relevant. Simply, in five years time, the FCC will be dramatically transformed."
He said "Change is inevitable; it is necessary. But while we need change, we do not need chaos. We must re-organize the FCC in such a way that respects the integrity of our staff and protects the interests of the American people. And we cannot use this process as a back- door way to re-open the Telecom Act."
The reinvention of the FCC is well underway. Since becoming Chairman in November 1997, Kennard has emphasized the importance of strengthening agency enforcement as essential to protect consumers. As a result, the Commission has:
Over the past 14 months, the Commission has also focused on ways to increase competition in the telecommunications area. Toward this end, some of the Commission's achievements include:
Since December of 1997, the Commission has stressed the importance of removing unnecessary burdensome regulations. The Commission's efforts to streamline regulations include:
Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs contact: Steve Klitzman at (202) 418-1900.