Reforming The FCC: From Engineering To Ecosystems

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Mark Jamison, a visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communication, and Technology who serves as Director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, recently posited that the FCC could be transformed into a more effective regulatory body by replacing its current network-centric wireline and wireless silos with a function-based structure, featuring bureaus of economics, engineering, competition and consumer protection.  

Jamison is a part of a trio of AEI scholars who have been selected by Trump to oversee the FCC’s transition from former Chairman Tom Wheeler to new Chairman Ajit Pai, and now Bronwyn Howell, a Visiting Fellow with American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy from New Zealand, has chimed in on Jamison’s thoughts.

In her view, the economics and engineering bureaus would concentrate on analysis. The competition and consumer protection bureaus would be consumed with monitoring and enforcement.

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