Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

How Amazon Became One of Washington’s Most Powerful Players

When Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com Inc more than two decades ago, he sought to keep the online bookstore away from the government’s reach. He has said he looked into placing its headquarters on an Indian reservation as a tax-saving strategy.

Chairman Pai Visits Montana Fiber Network Sites

Blackfoot, the owner and operator of the region’s largest multi-gigabit network, welcomed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to Montana.

AT&T Executive Taking Over HBO and CNN Promises a Hands-Off Approach

A Q&A with John Stankey, the new AT&T executive in charge of new Time Warner properties. 

The FCC and cities: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) suffers from significant failures of design and execution.

NTIA Administrator Redl: GDPR Interpretation Threatens Internet Stability

National Telecommunications & Information Administration administrator David Redl warned Congress that the "security and stability" or the internet are at risk due to pressure to comply with the European Union's new General Data Protection Reg

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Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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Wed, 06/20/2018 - 10:00

Geoffrey Adam Starks, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission

Completed nomination questionnaires are available at www.commerce.senate.gov/nominations 



Lawmakers Vote Against Reinstating the Office of Technology Assessment

A push by a cohort of Democratic Reps to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment failed on the House floor June 8. The office was created in 1972 to offer bipartisan advice and assistance to lawmakers on difficult technical issues.

Closing Statement of FCC Commissioner Clyburn

In the remainder of this statement, allow me the opportunity to highlight a number of consequential decisions: 

CBO Scores the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 (S 2343)

The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act (S.

How Congress is struggling to get smart on tech

Increasingly, members of Congress are confronting a wide array of complex policy debates posed by inventions like artificial intelligence and problems like the rise of Russian propaganda online.