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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, Members of the Legislature, Members of the Board of Public Works, Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals, Members of the State Board of Education, distinguished guests, and my fellow West Virginians.
Now that Congress is back at work, or at least in town, it should be able to form a bipartisan agreement on at least one piece of a regulatory reform agenda: comprehensive overhaul of the Communications Act. The government's own figures show the information and communications technology (ICT) sector presently contributes around 20 percent to 30 percent of real gross domestic product growth each year. Yet continued investment and job growth in the ICT sector, much of which is subject to the Federal Communications Commission's regulatory purview, is put at risk by excessive regulation either directed or permitted by the existing communications laws.
The Federal Communications Commission's unyielding pro-regulatory proclivities threaten to burden Internet broadband providers with the same public utility-style regulation that prevailed in the telecom world during much of the last century. Given the competition among broadband providers and the rapidly changing technological and marketplace dynamics, this is a huge mistake.
Thelma Schoonmaker, Martin Scorsese's longtime editor, warmly greets a reporter outside their Manhattan offices ahead of a screening of Mr. Scorsese's new 3-D fairy tale, "Hugo."
British actress Googie Withers, a Hollywood golden age staple best known for her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes," has died at her home in Australia. She was 94.
A federal appeals court has restored a longstanding ban that prevents media companies from owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same market.
Anna Massey, the member of an acting dynasty whose roles ranged from lonely spinsters to Margaret Thatcher, has died. She was 73.
Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell will take the helm of the cable industry's top trade group.