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Policy

By Julie Kearney

FC C P RO F I L E S

Get to Know the Commissioners

 T 

he Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has
been in the headlines for hot issues like net neutrality
and broadband privacy. Behind the headlines, however,
are dedicated individuals who, along with a committed staff,
are working tirelessly to bring modern communications services
to American consumers. We are pleased to share their personal
stories. See below for where to look for them at CES 2018.

Q

What is your
regulatory philosophy?

Carr: We must always be willing to take a fresh look at
any barriers to entry or competition that we can remove,
and we must ensure that our regulatory framework
supports innovation and entrepreneurship, reflects the
realities of today's dynamic marketplace, and always
promotes the public interest.
Clyburn: My philosophy centers on putting
#ConsumersFirst. I believe a regulator's first priority should
be to promote policies that help the American consumer
meet their needs in an open and competitive marketplace.
An effective regulator ensures that all voices - particularly
the ones who struggle - are heard in the decision-making
halls of Washington, DC. I am committed to that in large
part because those voices that most often go unheard
belong to the people who raised and led me. At the FCC,
the decisions we make have real world consequences,
so our actions must be as rational as they are intentional.
As a general matter, I favor less regulation over more, and
market-based solutions above government-imposed rules.
But make no mistake, I am also a proponent of stepping
in and acting, if the market falters or fails. In keeping with
that reasoning, I believe we generally accomplish optimal
results by using scalpels and fine-tuning as opposed to
applying sledge hammers and blunt force trauma.
O'Rielly: I approach my job and consider the substantive items before the Commission as I outlined in my first
public speech as a Commissioner in February 2014. At
that time and the days since then, I have tried to keep
true to my promise that championing economic freedom
would be my guiding principle when it comes to overseeing the communications industry. In practice, this can be
translated into four main beliefs. First, the Commission
must consider whether it has the authority to regulate, as
well as the confines of that authority, as it contemplates
intervening in any matter. Second, the Commission must
have verifiable and specific evidence that there is market

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failure - meaning bona fide
data that an actual problem
exists resulting in demonstrable harm to consumers
- before acting. Third, when
the Commission does intervene, its solution should be
carefully tailored and apply
only to the relevant set of providers or services. Fourth, the
benefit of any Commission
regulation must outweigh
the burdens being imposed.
Together, this foundation
has served to ensure that
my actions are anchored by
a solid, justifiable approach
rather than being driven by
the latest fad, public opinion
poll or wind direction.
Rosenworcel: We want markets that are rife with innovation, choice, and opportunity.
But when we don't see these
outcomes, I believe that regulatory action must be guided
by the essential values that
have informed communications policy in this country
for decades. When I look
at the law I see four: public
safety, competition, universal
access, and consumer
protection. I believe these
principles should be the
guideposts in everything
we do - because while time
marches on and technology
changes, our basic values
remain strong.

We also look forward to welcoming the Chairman and Commissioners to CES 2018 at
the following sessions on January 9: SuperSession: Insights with the FCC and FTC and
2018 FCC and FTC Commissioner Roundtable.
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Q

What is something
that most people
don't know about you?
Carr: I have two amazing boys - a 3-yearold and an 8-month-old. They are terrific kids
and such a joy to spend time with. The 3-yearold is already a big fan of the Washington
Nationals and all things sports. The 8-monthold is just starting to crawl and pull up, and
he really enjoys not sleeping at night.
Clyburn: Most know that I am a proud
daughter of the South, and that my family
has strong Palmetto State roots. What they
may not know, however, is that as a child,
I spent countless weekends and many
summers in a small home on the green fields
and the dirt roads on my grandparents'
farmland in Moncks Corner, SC swatting flies,

Brendan Carr

Jessica Rosenworcel
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