FCC chairman Powell joins the bloggers

Michael Powell

Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell has started a weblog to elicit feedback about FCC initiatives. He wrote in the first entry that he hopes to hear from the IT community directly rather than from lobbyists who 'filter the techies.'

Powell's comments are posted on a weblog site operated by AlwaysOn LLC of Woodside, Calif. He outlined his philosophy for the FCC: Government should regulate new technologies such as voice over IP as little as possible so the private sector has freedom to innovate.

He also asked for feedback on topics including the unused spectrum that buffers television channel signals from one another.

FCC spokesman David Friske said he was not aware that Powell had set any schedule for posting comments.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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