more on the FCC auction

Even the NY Times had an article in the Friday issue about it, but the new focuses on the main business point, which is that Verizon and AT&T basically snapped up the lion’s share. Hopefully it won’t be “meet the new boss, same as the old boss,” but I’m a little less sanguine. Floating under the radar was an attachment from Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, who said:

It’s appalling that women and minorities were virtually shut out of this monumental auction. It’s an outrage that we’ve failed to counter the legacy of discrimination that has kept women and minorities from owning their fair share of the spectrum. Here we had an enormous opportunity to open the airwaves to a new generation that reflects the diversity of America, and instead we just made a bad situation even worse. This gives whole new meaning to “white spaces” in the spectrum.

I usually think of Commissioners as a little less fiery, but I guess that’s just a stereotype. Maybe he was inspired to speak out by Obama’s call for more dialogue about race, but after looking at his record it seems totally consistent. Personally, I think that he’s just the kind of guy we need at the FCC!


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