Pursuing competition for the sake of competition doesn’t help us with the nation’s number one concern which is getting more capital into productive use. That’s how we grow our GDP which leads to the creation of new jobs that use the innovative technologies FCC chairman Julius Genachowski at times seems to take credit for the creation of.
If AT&T and Verizon are willing to pay a premium for spectrum and put that spectrum to use serving the most and hungriest of data hogs, why should the FCC take pride in keeping it from them?
Let’s keep it real about T-Mobile. The FCC and the DOJ managed to force the payment of AT&T’s breakup fee to T-Mobile so that they could buy enough spectrum to pretty themselves up for being purchased by another carrier, even after a merger with MetroPCS.
Finally correlation is not causation. Just because the U.S. has increased broadband speeds while the FCC reformed universal service doesn’t mean that the FCC helped to bring that all about.
His legacy? Attempts at heavier regulation and no substantive attention paid to diversifying media ownership. Four years of puffery and onerous net neutrality. That is his legacy.