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Obama's New Lobbying Rules May Affect FCC Chief Selection

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 11, 2008

Lobbyists take note. Today, President-elect Barack Obama released his new rules for lobbyists participating in his government transition. Here’s the bad news for many Washington insiders on his transition team: “If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied,” according to the rules.

What does this mean? Henry Rivera, an influential Washington lawyer who was expected to be key in selecting the next chairman of the Federal Communications Committee, may have to help Obama with something else, instead. Rivera may not be eligible for the post because he represented private clients in the telecom industry in the past 12 months. He may, instead, head another committee, possibly the search for the head of the National Science Foundation, a source tells

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November 12, 2008 01:52 AM

Again, keep Kevin Martin. He's poised to push for greater regulation of cable and looks to open up white space for free / public access. With someone like Obama behind him, Martin wouldn't have to concede to businesses feeding the trough.


November 12, 2008 12:14 PM

FCC chair Martin appears to be up to speed and ahead of the pact. But he has not allowed the private sector to collect on what the RBOC'S have signed and agreed to. They along with their attorneys signed agreements with the FCC to allow what is called a NST rate which would strip away the nonsense charges that the bells asses other like business's. This agreement was signed 12 years back and they finally gave this rate in violation of a 45 day reprieve. Sinful that they have not been made to returns the DAC funds with interest or refund the overcharging as per their agreement. One must be able to show them that they can not control or be allowed to agree and not abide.

Rich Marotte

December 16, 2008 11:15 AM

This is true with some variations. The RBOC coalition asked for a forty five day extension so they could file new rates and and proof of how they dervied this. 2005 NTState had a procedural hearing in which they had to set a NST Rate which was eight years after they asked for a forty five day extension. Failure to do so in that time frame meant that they agreed to give refunds/credits up to the time they were compliant. Well Appellate courts have sent this back to the FCC for this order to be full filled. The RBOC'S must follow each law/rule so we can all benefit> Allowing competition in creates new jobs as well as better technology. But they have the power and attorneys to stand off the little guy. Judge Green ordered these monopoly's broken up so competition. That is why the 1996 Telcom act was written. They are once again above the law as well as non competitive.

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