FCC creates task force to tackle spectrum crisis



"To lead the world in mobile, the FCC must ensure that our nation’s spectrum is being put to its highest and best use," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "Maximizing this essential 21st century resource will create jobs, drive economic growth, and encourage innovation and investment. The FCC’s National Broadband Plan lays out a comprehensive roadmap for promoting greater spectrum efficiency and flexibility, and ensuring sufficient spectrum for broadband. The Spectrum Task Force will keep us on this charted course."

The Task Force will include the Chiefs of the Enforcement, International, Media, and Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureaus, as well as the Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.

The FCC is also scheduling workshops to push the broadband plan moving.

But Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) wants the FCC to start taking real action as soon as possible. In a recent oversight hearing of the broadband plan, Rockefeller, the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman, strongly instructed Genachowski to implement its recommendations quickly, even if that means congressional involvement to change communications laws.