The GigaOM Interview:
Mobile, Broadband, iPhone & Innovation
Oddly Chmn. Genachowski granted his first interview on technical policy to the politically connected Om Malik's GigaOM not SpectrumTalk. We are a little insulted, but we will survive. With the bounds of "fair use", here are some tidbits from the interview:
...this commission will be relentlessly focused on competition, consumers, innovation and investment.
I have nothing against lawyers — I used to be a lawyer and the FCC needs lawyers — but I’m convinced that for the agency to succeed it is equally important that the FCC to have great engineers, strong economists and people with entrepreneurial backgrounds to be sitting and talking around the tables at the FCC and talking about the kinds of policies will promote the (FCC) objectives I’ve spoken about so far.
If you look at the kinds of people we’re bringing in, you will see the mix of backgrounds. There’s a for-hire sign that’s open to innovators and engineers and entrepreneurs who want to be part of the conversation at the FCC.
On a high level, I think we need, one, to explore ways to get more spectrum into the market. Secondly, we need to identify ways that we can help drive more efficient uses of spectrum (software, cognitive radio). Third, we need to think big about creative uses of spectrum, creative ways to allocate spectrum.