BroadbandBreakfast.com: On Broadband: At the Beginning of a Cycle, a Low-Controversy Federal Communications Commission

We’ve seen this perennial cycle before: first, an issue stirs immense conflict among the agency’s five members. Next, that issue incites intervention by the agency’s congressional overseers. Extensive inter-industry lobbying follows, generally resulting in a pre-emptive rule-making by a majority of FCC commissioners. Soon enough, the five-year term of one or more members of the FCC expires. The tension with Congress is too high for the President and/or the Senate to nominate and confirm a new commissioner. Thus ensures – most of the time – a long period of near-dormancy by the agency. Finally, the tension is broken, mew commissioners are confirmed, and balance in the universe is once again restored.

via BroadbandBreakfast.com: On Broadband: At the Beginning of a Cycle, a Low-Controversy Federal Communications Commission.