FCC Chairman Genachowski is speaking at the O'Reilly/Battelle Web 2.0 extravaganza starting Nov. 15 in San Francisco. That one will only set you back $4,195 until the conference starts, then it goes up to $4,395 the day of.
The reality is that there are two votes on the FCC to start enacting the types of policies to enable broadband competition. Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn are ready, willing and able. One person is holding it all up -- Chairman Julius Genachowski. He actually proposed ways to deal with it but now refuses to go through with the votes necessary because of protests from Congressional Democrats who take the phone company line.
Here's our latest post, of many, on this tragedy: http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/waxmans-bottom-line-fcc-must-act
First, the problem was that the "winning" bid was twice as high as the second-place bid, and that the "winning" bid had no local references or experience. That should have raised a flag.
Second, the judges spread frankly raised questions. One judge gave CN a 15 point win (82-67). Two judges gave CN a 2-point win (82-80 and 92-96). One judge have ISC an 8-point win (75-83). And then Mr. Price gave CN a 51-point win (93-42). That's an outlier, no matter how you look at it, and it should be looked at.
The mapping issue is part of the larger picture. To the extent that accurate data is needed to construct a more comprehensive policy, think of it as a building block for more infrastructure.
If the data supplied by a group with the telephone company and cable company interests at heart presents a misleading picture, then not only will the policy be flawed, but all of that public money will have been wasted.