FCC - Captured
"Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates"
By Norm Alster
"A detailed look at FCC actions—and non-actions—shows that over the years the FCC has granted the wireless industry pretty much what it has wanted. ... More broadly, the FCC has again and again echoed the lobbying points of major technology interests. ... The FCC sits at the core of a network that has allowed powerful moneyed interests with limitless access a variety of ways to shape its policies, often at the expense of fundamental public interests. ... Industry controls the FCC through a soup-to-nuts stranglehold that extends from its wellplaced campaign spending in Congress through its control of the FCC‘s Congressional oversight committees to its persistent agency lobbying. ... [Formerly] presiding over the FCC is Tom Wheeler, a man who has led the two most powerful industry lobbying groups: CTIA and NCTA ... It all begins with passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, legislation once described by South Dakota Republican senator Larry Pressler as ―the most lobbied bill in history.‖ Late lobbying won the wireless industry enormous concessions from lawmakers, many of them major recipients of industry hard and soft dollar contributions. Congressional staffers who helped lobbyists write the new law did not go unrewarded. Thirteen of fifteen staffers later became lobbyists themselves."
COMMENTS OF ADVOCATES FOR THE EMS DISABLED IN RESPONSE TO NOTICE OF INQUIRY May 16, 2022