The FCC Gets Technical


While we wait for the official announcement that Julius Genachowski will be the head of the FCC, I have been pondering how the FCC management seems to be mostly lawyers by training. Last night I had this strange dream:

In a surprise move, President Obama announced that Fred Technofarble will head the Federal Communications Commission. Technofarble is uniquely qualified for this role due to his strong educational background in both engineering and law. His undergraduate degree in electrical engineering is from MIT and his law degree is from Harvard. His main area of study has been the use of government policy and regulation to encourage technological innovation. Most recently, he has been employed as the Chief Technology Officer for a Fortune 500 electronics company.

Technofarble is well-known as a computer and ham radio geek, spending his precious free time tinkering with electronic projects in his basement. He told the press that his first action will be to institute a mandatory testing policy for all FCC employees in professional positions.

“We’ll give them a very basic test that covers electromagnetics, communications and electronics. You can’t be making up regulations for something that you don’t understand, so we’ll insist on a basic level of technical knowledge for all FCC staff. This will be an easy test…the typical engineer or technician will be able to pass without studying but I expect about half of the lawyers to fail. Anyone that fails will be given 3 months to study and successfully retake the test, otherwise they will be terminated.”

Technofarble also indicated that anyone holding a valid Amateur Radio License would be given full credit for the required test.

Then I woke up.

73, Bob K0NR

  1. #1 by Dan KB6NU on 3 February 2009 - 10:51 pm

    If only this were true…….

  2. #2 by Elliot on 3 February 2009 - 11:17 pm

    But where would we come up with all of these neat rules and regulations …… the japanese already have alinco’s tri-bander ….. maby d-star next?

  3. #3 by Bob KC8DNE on 5 February 2009 - 4:06 pm

    What are the chances of your dream coming true when in reality Riley Hollingsworth’s replacement as Special Council isn’t even a ham?

  4. #4 by K0NR on 5 February 2009 - 5:18 pm

    I have the same concern that Laura L. Smith is not a ham. However, I’ll withhold judgment and see what she is able to accomplish.

    http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/01/26/10587/?nc=1

    73, Bob K0NR

  5. #5 by K0NR on 19 March 2009 - 12:57 pm

    This report from the ARRL web site is interesting. Laura Smith says she is interested in getting her amateur radio license….and learning Morse Code.

    http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/03/07/10689/?nc=1

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