Genachowski Launches Data Collection Inquiry

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has given the commission's office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis 60 days to produce a top-to-bottom review of how the FCC collects the data that the chairman has pledged will drive FCC decision making going forward.

In a letter to the office's director, Paul De Sa, Genachowski said the commission has to be able to draw on data that is "robust, reliable, and relevant," on which to make those decisions.

He wants a status report on collection, processing, analysis and distribution, including suggestions on how to improve any or all of those.

Some past FCC data-collection efforts and studies took heat from congressional Democrats and others, who alleged they were politically driven or suppressed.

According to the letter, that includes not only whether new data should be collected, but also if some existing reporting should be "streamlined or eliminated" because they are "unduly burdensome or no longer relevant."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.