Powell continues to give good quotes

Powell continues to give good quotes.
FCC Chairman Michael Powell is a guy who gets it. He’s controversial, to be sure, but I like the guy, because he’s trying very hard to tell whoever will listen that we’re in the midst of an incredible change in the world of communications. According to an article in kansas.com, Powell told state and communications industry officials in Lawrence that technology will make high-speed Internet access universal and inexpensive and is likely to do so with local entrepreneurs operating in an unregulated market. Here’s a prophetic Powell quote:

“Think about broadband broadly. It is every possible platform.”
Amen, brother Powell. If the head of the FCC can see this, why can’t my friends in the world of broadcasting? Television is a part of a multimedia universe now. It needs to reinvent itself, and quickly. Powell also said consumers must actively police what they watch in their own homes.
“I’m afraid the era of passive television is gone,” Michael Powell said. “You’ll get a lot of stuff you don’t want thrown at you if you’re not going to be partly willing to be an active consumer.”
But he added that policymakers should try to help families control what children see on television or the Internet.
He said he controls his children’s viewing with TiVo service, recording what he will allow them to watch and blocking other programming.

“It takes a lot of work, by the way,” he said. “I don’t relish that I’ve got to come home and pay attention to what my children are doing and what they’re watching or not watching.”

“I know how to block shows on my cable television, but I’m the chairman of the FCC,” he said. “I bet a lot of Americans don’t, and I want to make sure the cable industry is out there teaching them how to do that.”

I feel the same way about computers and other forms of technology. Somebody needs to be teaching people — grown-ups, that is. There is so much silly fear out there, and it’s one of the real dynamics holding the paradigm change at bay. I keep harping on the notion that online experience is the most important metric in studying these changes, because it lifts that fear.

But I digress. Good stuff, Mr. Powell.

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