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Unleashing innovation: making the FCC user‐friendly

Unleashing innovation: making the FCC user‐friendly Purpose – This paper aims to describe a case study of the FCC, dealing with relieving the tension between technical innovation and the regulation of applications of technology. Design/methodology/approach – The author's experience as Chief Scientist of the FCC is used to show how the innovations of the information age were accommodated under the procedures governing the regulation of communications. Findings – The success of the rapid introduction of digital information technology and networking, replacing analog telephony and inflexible technical rules governing the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, resulted from relatively minor modifications in staffing of a technical planning office lacking currency with the innovations in the technology supporting the communication and broadcasting industries. The support of the chairman, the commissioners, and their confidence in the leadership of the office were critical to success. Originality/value – Leading a regulatory agency to helping rather than hindering progress speaks for itself. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png info Emerald Publishing

Unleashing innovation: making the FCC user‐friendly

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1463-6697
DOI
10.1108/14636690910989342
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to describe a case study of the FCC, dealing with relieving the tension between technical innovation and the regulation of applications of technology. Design/methodology/approach – The author's experience as Chief Scientist of the FCC is used to show how the innovations of the information age were accommodated under the procedures governing the regulation of communications. Findings – The success of the rapid introduction of digital information technology and networking, replacing analog telephony and inflexible technical rules governing the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, resulted from relatively minor modifications in staffing of a technical planning office lacking currency with the innovations in the technology supporting the communication and broadcasting industries. The support of the chairman, the commissioners, and their confidence in the leadership of the office were critical to success. Originality/value – Leading a regulatory agency to helping rather than hindering progress speaks for itself.

Journal

infoEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 14, 2009

Keywords: Regulation; Government policy; Telecommunications; United States of America

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