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January 13th, 2010 by Steven VanRoekel - Managing Director, Federal Communications Commission

I am combing through my mental archives, thinking back to Spring of last year when I was first considering working for the Federal Government and am trying to remember what my preconceived notions of federal employment entailed. Coming from a world of high-tech, private industry, it was easy to make a hasty generalization and leap to the conclusion that federal government will be a lot different - not bad or worse - just different.

 Yet, after being at the FCC for six months, I can give you the insider’s perspective that almost every day I am surprised and delighted by the quality of the workforce at the FCC.  We have amazing lawyers, engineers, economists and many others who have consistently promoted telecom policy for this country – helping not only keep the best interest of the US consumer in mind, but also helping to shape an industry that has grown to 1/5th of the US economy.  So you can learn more from an “insider perspective,” we’re launching a new continuing feature on Reboot.FCC.gov highlighting some of the great employees of the FCC.  I hope you enjoying getting to know a little more about them and a little more about what your FCC is doing for you. 
 

4 Responses to “The FCC.”

  1. Bob says:

    As a ham radio operator, WB3DYE, I would wish the FCC take notice to the foul language and nonsense that goes on in segments of the 80 meter band. Just take a listen around 3.885 and you'll see what I mean.

  2. Guest says:

    Unfortunately, that does not include the Enforcement Bureau. And how sad the Commissioners have still failed to publicly disavow the EB's efforts to kill EAS with their wrong-headed and bureaucratic response to the KWVE matter.

  3. Lynne Gillooly says:

    As a concerned citizen I have studied, listened and interacted with political talk radio for over 10 yrs. Since the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine it seems that 1 ideology has built a powerful monopoly on our airwaves. At least 100 times over these yrs I have called the local 50,000 watt station in Charlotte, NC (WBT) to correct or add facts to a story that they purposely omit. I have met with the managers as well. His response was if you want left leaning go to NPR. I said I want thew plain truth.
    One example this year was very disturbing. On the nationally syndicated programs like Rush, Beck and Ingraham and then on WBT in Charlotte after Rush the local host Tara Servatius repeated their story about a report that Homeland Security did on Right Wing Extremists. They all told their audiences (several million people) that Mrs. Napolitano and President Obama were targeting average Republican citizens and intimidate them. Their callers were furious and these hosts proagated this fallacy. I tried to call in to ask them why they did not tell their audience that this report had been initiated several months prior by the Bush Administration and there had also been a report on Left Wing Extremist as a matter of SOP. Many of the people down here actually wear t shirts that say I am a right wing extremist
    due to this extremely sleazy attack by talk radio. Over the yrs this type of misinformation or omission has happened hundreds of times. Why is it OK that 90 percent of our airwaves can do these things with no accountablility? If there had been a Fairness type law the whole truth would have exposed this disingenuous attempt to get millions of people to hate and distrust our President. Free speech is one thing, but purposely omitting facts to affect an outcome on public airwaves is nothing to be protected . Is there anything in the works to deal with this?

  4. Guest says:

    As a concerned citizen I have studied, listened and interacted with political talk radio for over 10 yrs. Since the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine it seems that 1 ideology has built a powerful monopoly on our airwaves. At least 100 times over these yrs I have called the local 50,000 watt station in Charlotte, NC (WBT) to correct or add facts to a story that they purposely omit. I have met with the managers as well. His response was if you want left leaning go to NPR. I said I want thew plain truth.
    One example this year was very disturbing. On the nationally syndicated programs like Rush, Beck and Ingraham and then on WBT in Charlotte after Rush the local host Tara Servatius repeated their story about a report that Homeland Security did on Right Wing Extremists. They all told their audiences (several million people) that Mrs. Napolitano and President Obama were targeting average Republican citizens and intimidate them. Their callers were furious and these hosts proagated this fallacy. I tried to call in to ask them why they did not tell their audience that this report had been initiated several months prior by the Bush Administration and there had also been a report on Left Wing Extremist as a matter of SOP. Many of the people down here actually wear t shirts that say I am a right wing extremist
    due to this extremely sleazy attack by talk radio. Over the yrs this type of misinformation or omission has happened hundreds of times. Why is it OK that 90 percent of our airwaves can do these things with no accountablility? If there had been a Fairness type law the whole truth would have exposed this disingenuous attempt to get millions of people to hate and distrust our President. Free speech is one thing, but purposely omitting facts to affect an outcome on public airwaves is nothing to be protected . Is there anything in the works to deal with this?

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