Genachowski: Broadband Authority Key to Cybersecurity, Privacy


Washington -- Federal Communications Commission chairman
Julius Genachowski Tuesday took his testimony before a Senate Commerce
Committee hearing on online privacy as an opportunity to put in a plug for
clarifying his agency's broadband regulatory authority.

In his written testimony, a copy of which was supplied to Multichannel News by a third party,
Genachowski suggested that effort was important to the privacy and security of
the Internet. "As we move forward on online privacy, cybersecurity and other
vital issues," he said in summing up his testimony, "it is important that
uncertainties in the regulatory framework be resolved."

The chairman is currently collecting input on his proposal
to reclassify broadband transmissions as a Title II information service,
subject to some common-carrier rules. That effort is to resolve the regulatory
framework uncertainties created by the court decision in the Comcast-BitTorrent

The chairman talked about working with the Federal Trade
Commission on initiatives to "help inform and empower consumers," as well as on
informing consumers about the need to protect wireless home networks. The FCC
is looking toward a future in which broadband and other video is seamlessly
integreated into home entertainment and information systems.

It is currently collecting info on how to promote that
through an all-video set-top gateway.

He also put in a plug for the just-announced FCC online
consumer help center, including its "consumer-friendly system for filing