Just got off a call on some hiring that I have been advising. Its been since October and its somewhat political. Why has it taken so long? The beauty of Washington Politics is that the change or Parties at the top put a lot of people in flux.
By in large Washington actually works pretty well the politicians and their lobbyists know each other and act in a civil way (despite the noise you see and hear on TV).
But when the music starts again after an election and everyone has to find a new chair it turns out that in this version of musical chairs, some chairs are better than others. And that causes a log jam.
Hiring the right person has been hard since so many candidates are trying for better positions. And the floor and ceiling is in flux. Like a person, it may turn out you are their second choice because they are waiting for the appointment of a friend or have their own name in the mix of the administration.
Have a job you may want, it may be held up by the lack of a leader at the department.
So the appointment of the Chairman allows the freeze at the FCC
to thaw and for the applicants to have a better understanding of their chances.
Why do I bring this up now, because as the music stops and the chairs get filled the next thing to happen is the noise level is about to increase. Agendas and lobbying are going to find their pecking order as well.
I have already hinted at what I thought was coming up thats new. But before we go their Intercarrier Compensation and Special Access are going to become the big stories.
And they have a lot to do with Wireless. If you see a call with a bad called ID you can suppose that its on purpose and a wireless originator was probably involved (even thought they used VoIP to terminate). imho when Intercarrier compensation gets done this issues should go away. And as for special access the building out of the wireless backhaul network is looking for relief from these charges.
Assume you see some documents out of the commission by the end of summer, making for a very active fall.
Tags: FCC, Intercarrier Compensation, job hunting, Julius Genachowski, Lobbying, Obama, Special Access
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