The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency.The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC’s jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.–FCC Website
The FCC recently released its ” long-awaited” plan on national broadband in the U.S. and though it has created quite a vision on where the U.S. should go in reference to Internet access in the future, is it the right agency to do this? According to the FCC website, the FCC was created to form policy and regulate communications, not design and legislate future use of such communications channels. So if not the FCC, then who?
It’s time that the President create a cabinet position that plans, implements and monitors the state of technology in these United States. Technology is a key driver for development, investment and business in the U.S. and is as important an issue as Energy or the the Interior, which are already cabinet level positions. There’s no doubt that in many areas, the U.S. leads in technology adoption–fiber-to-the-home, broadband adoption, number of homes with personal computers–but in other areas has fallen seriously behind (most developed countries have a higher penetration of mobile phones, for instance, and should I even mention the state of computing in our public schools?). In December, President Obama appointed a new position, a cyber security coordinator who is tasked with protecting U.S. computing and network assets. This is one area that should report directly to cabinet-level position. Cyber security, networking, telephony, Internet, wireless systems all should have a leader that should set the plan for future investment and strategy.
The FCC has done a good job of elevating the debate, but it’s not the right department to lead it. It’s time now to create one, or risk falling further behind.
Read Complimentary Relevant Research
Predicts 2017: Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence is changing the way in which organizations innovate and communicate their processes, products and services. Practical...
View Relevant Webinars
The Education CIO Challenge: IT Is a Team Sport
This video will outline key Education CIO challenges and recommendations based on business and technology trends in education as well...
Comments or opinions expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors only, and do not necessarily represent the views of Gartner, Inc. or its management. Readers may copy and redistribute blog postings on other blogs, or otherwise for private, non-commercial or journalistic purposes, with attribution to Gartner. This content may not be used for any other purposes in any other formats or media. The content on this blog is provided on an "as-is" basis. Gartner shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising out of the content or use of this blog.