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I was digital platforms take off cable industry leaders are not the only ones navigating through uncharted waters.
Regulators are also grappling with a -- digital landscape.
So how are they handling it as the biggest names in the cable industry descend on the city of Chicago Liz -- also descends on the windy city he joins us now with the FCC chairman in a the first on fox interview lists.
Yeah we're happy to have I just -- this isn't really worth a week that work.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Make no mistake the iPad is a major issue here is people migrate from watching television on the iPad but what's really at the heart of government.
Issues for everything that's going on -- cable world we are joined first on Fox Business hi Julius genachowski -- chair thank you for being good to be.
The number one -- on your plate when -- come here and you're probably.
Just mobbed by both the cable guys and the guys to create the contact the networks that -- -- that cable is the infrastructure that providing high speed Internet access across the country.
And making sure that our broadband economy is creating jobs.
Driving innovation globally competitive is job number one.
We have a big gap in this country 13 of Americans a hundred million Americans are not online.
I'm challenging this industry and others in the broadband economy to close that brought -- -- and to.
Playing that -- and doing that bandwidth pipe line you say -- create jobs absolute power.
Well that's how perfectly -- Chicago is a great example we have a company here in Chicago called rip -- Provides local discounts for businesses and consumers -- -- this three years ago.
It has created 8000 jobs here in Chicago.
This platform is an extraordinary platform for job creation small businesses are realizing that for them to.
Expand into new markets to grow to hire more employees.
They have to use the Internet to reach beyond their local area and reach customers in other cities other states other countries.
The Internet has become slightly it could be an opportunity but one -- problematic.
For the cable guys and of course the content people because -- trust me we just came for the panel and and some of them are suing each other over this.
Because the cable people say let's just take that rock -- let's do wireless let's put it on tablets on Smartphones within the home.
When you come to a show like this -- -- you the most and complains about us.
I think everyone is trying to navigate through a future that's uncertain everyone knows that high speed Internet is the platform of our future.
Digital -- -- where the world is going it's where.
We're gonna see the most investment the most job creation the most innovation and it's great to see healthy competition for leading that's very -- But you've got the the apps coming out where.
Say for example.
Time Warner or News Corp.
or -- Viacom says -- -- -- women.
That's all very nice that the cable guys like Cox and Comcast have their own apps and Time Warner Cable but.
You gonna ask us whether you need to have the right to be able to approve the usage of putting.
Snooki and Jersey Shore on somebody's not that even though it's still within the home how -- you maneuvering.
That if you well you know what we're focused on paying.
I understand that and getting paid is important.
Because we need to keep driving more investment and to all ends of the broadband economy the -- creators the content creators in the pipes themselves.
We're trying to do is create a climate of -- innovation driving competition and sometimes these battles are.
The evidence that the industries are moving forward moving into the future and trying to figure out how to win the future.
Do you approve the NBC Comcast deal what you've got another big possible merger on your hands AT&T and T -- -- Sprint just coming out complaining bitterly about this obviously they say it will hurt competition.
Where he -- down on it right now well I can't talk about a specific transaction -- gets.
We're gonna we're in the middle of a thorough serious review competition is very important that we take this very -- Take it seriously but yet and then you have a smaller player like best friends who says -- we ought to be shot out of this and we don't want it.
Consumers to be hurt by the support that's what they would say this would be a powerhouse that would be beating up on sprint for example in and certainly the that you.
Business world but what's most important -- wouldn't look at these types of chargers.
Well you know we we we have an obligation to make sure that a transaction like this serve the public and then we'll be listening carefully -- All the arguments that people make all the evidence before us but that's going to base our decision on and we have an obligation.
Not to -- judge and to look at the record as a review transactions you make that decision -- but still it is there aren't hot wind here we're still in the early stages -- And -- what happens if for example another possible merger in the cable world of a contact person like -- -- be seen merging with Comcast.
You see anything that's worrisome that has come out about -- Well we took that very seriously in that case you -- that.
Transaction was approved with conditions conditions to make sure that -- -- access to content.
And open Internet.
Various other obligations to make sure the competition was promoted to respect him in the end this thing wrapped up here up.
If you just let this industry -- Won't -- them grow and create even more job without that kind of regulation.
What we're focused on are the issues where we need to be involved in to unleash innovation big example is back from.
-- in major markets across the country.
We have a big gap between the demands on spectrum that's coming from these exciting new mobile devices Smartphones and tablets and the supply -- spectrum we have available.
We have to close that gap -- get the full benefit of the wireless program revolution.
So we are pursuing a policy called incentive auctions to big deal could we be able to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband Santa -- We'll be watching for that Julius genachowski the FCC chair.
You know he's not being attacked or or people are being mean -- that he's actually done some decent things for this industry thank you coming up much more ahead.
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We also have Patrick -- Cox not to mention Michael Powell the NCTA and -- don't -- first on Fox Business of Viacom he's not he's boss you guys I mean -- law.
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