Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates. By Norm Alster. Cambridge, MA: Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University. 2015.
FCC filing: http://bit.ly/FCCcapturedagency
Overview: This exposé provides insight into how the FCC became a victim of regulatory capture by industry and the implications of these corrupting influences for our health and safety, our privacy, and our wallets.
This book concludes with a series of recommendations by its author, Norm Alster, an investigative journalist, who has written for the New York Times, Forbes, Business Week, and Investor’s Business Daily. He wrote this book while serving as a journalism fellow with the Investigative Journalism Project at Harvard University.
Perhaps the best example of how the FCC is tangled in a chain of corruption is the cell tower and antenna infrastructure that lies at the heart of the phenomenally successful wireless industry.
Personally, I don‘t believe that just because something can be done it should heedlessly be allowed. Murder, rape and Ponzi schemes are all doable but subject to prohibition and regulation. Government regulators have the responsibility to examine the consequences of new technologies and act to at least contain some of the worst. Beyond legislators and regulators, public outrage and the courts can also play a role but these can be muffled indefinitely by misinformation and bullying.
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