Genachowski Outlines FCC's $354 Million Budget For 2012

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski took to the Hill Wednesday to outline the agency's 2012 budget of $354,181,000, all of it raised through fees and auction proceeds, while suggesting his is a relatively small agency with a big job.
According to a copy of his testimony for House Appropriations oversight hearing, he said that budget is a "fiscally
responsible" effort to maintain necessary programs while continuing to find efficiencies. That included saving $2 million in IT, administration, and other areas.

He suggested that, as it was last year, 2012 would see continued emphasis on broadband as the communications technology driving innovation in everything from education and health care to public safety. "The importance of these efforts to promote opportunity and prosperity through communications technology grows every day."

He pointed out that the FCC, over the past 20 years, has raised over $50 billion through spectrum auctions, and that while the industry has grown in size and complexity, the commission is at a 10-year low in full-time employee levels.
He talks several times about the FCC's limited resources, and what it has been able to do in spite of them, including
Universal Service reforms, completing a baseline spectrum inventory, launching a "comprehensive review" of current

Among the 2012 requests are $400,000 for measuring wireless network broadband speeds; $1 million for a study of broadband usage and adoption per a Congressional mandate; $1.7 million to maintain the National Broadband Map Web site; and $1 million for a media ownership diversity (new entrant) study.

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.