Broadband policy at the federal level – ideas maybe in limbo

For two days, it’s been pretty quiet on the broadband front in Minnesota. Like a parent of a toddler, I both enjoy the quiet and wonder what’s happening in the next room. From the view in MN, the next room is probably writing up the MN Broadband Task Force report. No probably about it, I’m part of the team and it’s happening. No more to report on that then I did after the Task Force meeting on Tuesday.

It’s the federal stuff that feels up in the air – but then isn’t everything during this administration transition or at least in the ante chamber waiting for transition. It looks like folks are trying to get broadband policy makers to tread water for a while…

E&C Leaders demand Trump FCC and FTC stop work on controversial items in light of election results
“With the results of the 2020 presidential election now apparent, leadership of the FTC will undoubtedly be changing,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) wrote in a letter to the FTC.  “As a traditional part of the transfer of power — and as part of our oversight responsibilities — we strongly urge the agency to only pursue consensus and administrative matters that are non-partisan for the remainder of your tenure.”

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks supported their recommendations.

Time will tell how that works; otherwise looks like Biden has pulled together a transition team.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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