Michael Powell at Always On

FCC head Michael Powell spoke at the opening session of the Always On conference last night and urged a restructuring of the indecency rules.
Some quotes from last night:
“I think this country has a bigger question it doesn’t want to deal with. The notion that the First Amendment changes when you change channels is odd. It’s more than odd–it’s dangerous…My child has no idea what a broadcast channel is – no idea what the difference is between channel five and channel 105. The idea that broadcast ethics changes with each channel is off – and it’s dangerous.
“Right now, we’re in a terrible position where a company’s regulatory treatment is more a matter of from whence they came rather than what they’re really doing now.
“It’s the most uncomfortable area you’d ever want to work in, enforcement…I’m a big believer in the First Amendment, but often I’m incredibly uneasy about lines we have to draw. No one takes pleasure in trying to decide whether this potty-mouth word or that potty-mouth word is a violation of the law.
“The government threw out that unlicensed bandwidth because they thought it was garbage; they though it was the domain of baby monitors, microwave ovens and little remote-control cars. Wi-Fi is teaching the government a lot about what you can do with a chunk of spectrum where we aren’t the arbiter of what can be done. It’s a brave new world, and it’s important for us to get it right. I’m extremely passionate in my belief that getting this right under-girds whether the United States is as great a country in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.”