Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

Who should keep an eye on Silicon Valley?

The federal government's struggles to rein in Facebook are driving some Democrats and consumer advocates to a stark conclusion: The agency charged with regulating Silicon Valley is not up to the task.

FCC Commissioner Carr Staff Announcements

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr thanked Jamie Susskind for her years of public service on her departure from the FCC. Susskind served as Commissioner Carr’s Chief of Staff and Legal Advisor for wireline and consumer issues.

A largely moribund, sluggish, frightened, alleged watchdog for the American consumer

Ralph Nader wrote in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission's five commissioners saying the agency "remains a largely moribund, sluggish, frightened, alleged watchdog for the American consumer." He offers seven suggestions to improve the FTC:

Department of Commerce Policy Director Earl Comstock on His Way Out

The White House is pushing Commerce policy director Earl Comstock out of the Trump administration -- the first round of house-cleaning after the 2020 census debacle and clashes over tech policy.

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Senate Commerce Committee

Date: 
Wed, 07/24/2019 - 10:00

The Senate Commerce Committee will consider six nominations including:

  • Michael Kratsios, of South Carolina, to be an Associate Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy


FCC Commissioner O'Rielly Named NY State Broadcasters Association New Yorker of Year

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has been named "New Yorker of the Year" by the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA). O'Rielly, who was born just outside Buffalo (NY), was hailed by the association as "one of the out

FCC Announces Membership and July 19 Meeting of the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council VII

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has appointed members to serve on the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC or Council) VII. The CSRIC will hold its first meeting on July 19.

Public Knowledge Appoints Chris Lewis to Succeed Kimmelman as President and CEO

Public Knowledge is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lewis as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer as Gene Kimmelman steps down from the position.

Ajit Pai: The Earnest Hero/Villain of Trump's FCC

In a city driven by the pursuit of power, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, who was put in charge of the agency by President Donald Trump in 2017, seems more concerned with how, if at all, he should use his.

Google’s Jigsaw Was Supposed to Save the Internet. Behind the Scenes, It Became a Toxic Mess

Google's "Jigsaw" is a moonshot division formed in 2010, now thought of as an "elite think tank." Founded as Google Ideas, its goals included using technology to fight radicals from San Salvador to the Middle East; investigating human trafficking,