May 10, 2012

Kirby, Paul, “Critic Contrasts the FCC and NTIA to GSA,” TRDaily, May 10, 2012

CRITIC CONTRASTS THE FCC AND NTIA TO GSA

J.H. Snider, founder and president of iSolon.org who has studied spectrum management, said in a column on “The Huffington Post” that the FCC and National Telecommunications and Information Administration have wasted more government assets than the General Services Administration, which came under criticism for a lavish conference near Las Vegas. “Which has wasted more taxpayer assets: the GSA or FCC NTIA? In my judgment, the FCC NTIA wins hands down,” Mr. Snider wrote. “The GSA could never get away with giving away tens of billions of dollars of worth of government buildings to mega corporations and billionaires. Nor could it get away with having most of its government building space lie empty and unleased.” He asked, “What accounts for the different treatment? Why is a million dollars of waste at the GSA a scandal but not tens of billions of dollars at the FCC NTIA? I believe public ignorance and apathy are the immediate cause of blame. The public is scientifically illiterate and doesn’t understand the physical properties and economics of spectrum, which also appear to bore the public silly.” He said Congress should hold oversight hearings on the federal agencies’ spectrum management.

TRDaily – May 10, 2012

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