The Corporate Takeover of the Trump-FCC Is in Full Attack Mode.
[Commentary] In every industry we hear horror stories of how the government agencies that are supposed to provide oversight of the companies and protect the public interest have been taken over by the industry. The Federal Communications Commission, which has oversight over most of the phone and cable companies’ business – i.e., the wireline, wireless, satellite, cable, TV, Internet, broadband, phone and data service services—all communications services—has been captured. FCC Chairman Pai is a former Verizon attorney; FCC Commissioner Carr worked with Verizon, AT&T, and the wireless and phone associations as a lawyer for Wiley Rein; and FCC Commissioner O’Reilly is a friend of ALEC, which creates model legislation, mostly funded and designed for Verizon and AT&T. This “Gang of 3” has been moved into position and has been given a ‘voting block’ to speed along any proceeding. [Bruce Kushnick has been a telecom analyst for 35 years and is currently the executive director of New Networks Institute]