Can Kevin Martin Grok Technology?

from the what-the-FCC-needs... dept

As was widely expected, Kevin Martin will be taking over as FCC chair following Michael Powell’s tenure. There’s been lots of chatter about this, and the general consensus seems to be that Martin will be both good and bad in some ways. However, the most perceptive point may be from Kevin Werbach (who worked at the FCC), who points out that the real trick for an FCC head is to “grok” technology, and not to be a politician. So far, it’s not clear that Martin meets that criteria. The FCC position is really a technology job, not a political one — and playing politician over technologist will end up creating many more problems than it solves.

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