The actual dealers have little power or authority. Manufacturers, and network operators, on the other hand, do, and billions of dollars are thrown at lobbying Congress all the way down to local governments in order to grease the wheel, so to speak.Oh yes These folks will listen to the "Communications dealers" make a plan to rip off more from the little people. I expect to see whole swaths of Ham radio spectrums taken over and many new ways for the great companies [as well as our great leaders] profit more.
Actually, Dave, the FCC is not an Executive Branch department Federal Executive Branch | USA.gov, it's an independent agency of the federal government. I can't imagine Julius Genachowski in the line of succession....and it probably should continue as such in the Amateur Radio General Discussion Forum.
Just a quibble with the above suggestion about NPS (which I like). The FCC is also an Executive Branch agency. The limiting factor to the power or independence of such an agency is that Congress has the sole constitutional authority to raise and spend money. FCC, NPS, and the rest of the DC alphabet soup are "answerable" to Congress because that is who writes the checks.
I'n not sure that this is what the Founders had in mind when they envisioned a system of "checks and balances," but it works, sort of.
You have a great knowledge of radio history, Dave. Much of the rules that don't seem to make much sense today stem from the protection of commercial broadcasting in the 30s, when merchants operated their own radio stations to promote their products. The Federal Radio Commission was the first step away from Commerce back in the 20s. The NTIA is still part of the DOC.I stand corrected about the FCC's status. I was thinking about the Executive Branch's duty to "faithfully carry out" the laws passed by Congress, which is what the FCC should be doing, but I was also recalling that at some point the Commission (or its predecessor) was part of the Department of Commerce, which is a Cabinet-level Executive Branch department.