Will partisan politics stall the FCC from taking action on the looming spectrum crisis? The Hill’s Sara Jerome reports that Chairman Genachowski has some concerns that the new GOP-controlled house could lead to gridlock:
Genachowski said at a Brookings Institution panel Wednesday that he won’t make bets on Congress passing legislation on incentive spectrum auctions, a top priority of the Federal Communications Commission and a proposal that has bipartisan support on the Hill.
“I’m hopeful but not certain,” Genachowski said. “There have been examples where smart, good ideas didn’t go anywhere.”
The explosive growth of wireless data usage — and skyrocketing sales of data-intensive smartphones like the iPhone — is making allocating more spectrum a key initiative. Hopefully both sides of the aisle can work together.