The Democratically-dominated elections this week mean new FCC commissioners and an emboldened Congress. Speculation is rampant about how these changes will affect the broadcast industry, from a new emphasis on the possibility of reviving the fairness doctrine to other issues such as media ownership, indecency and net neutrality. In the House, Rep. Henry Waxman of California is planning to challenge John Dingell of Michigan to chair the all-important House Commerce Committee. Washington, D.C. lawyer and former FCC commissioner Henry Rivera, now a partner with the law firm Wiley, Rein, is rumored to head up President-elect Obama's transition team on the FCC.
What telecommunications policies do TV Technology readers expect, hope or fear might come from the new power structure in Washington? Will the analog shutoff be Obama’s first domestic crisis?