At a forum hosted Monday by Public Knowledge, former FCC chairmen and commissioners discussed the need for procedural and structural changes at the agency, where—in the words of former FCC Chairman William Kennard—the incoming chairman will benefit from having a newly-inaugurated U.S. president who “loves” technology. As the Obama Administration assumes its duties, Kennard and former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt said the next FCC should streamline and reorganize its operations as it looks for ways to promote investment in a market fraught with challenges. As Hundt observed that, “the system that has operated for the last several years . . . hasn’t been good” for the FCC chairman, the FCC’s commissioners, the executive branch or the country at large, Kennard called on the FCC to eliminate its “culture of politicization” and to build a cooperative relationship with incoming congressional leaders and with other branches of government. In a similar vein, senior Senate Commerce Committee Counsel Jessica Rosenworcel predicted that the 111th Congress would exercise greater oversight of the FCC, which should act as a “straightforward implementer of the wishes of Congress.” Asserting that the FCC is “bombarded daily” with demands that include court proceedings and requests from Congress and that the agency tends to put off action on critical issues with hopes of arriving at a “magic answer,” former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy advised the new FCC to develop and adhere to a strategic plan that helps to “keep your eye on the ball and rise above the noise.” As Hundt said the FCC must discourage market consolidation and shrinkage in order to boost investment, Kennard recommended that the leaders at the FCC sit down with staff members from all levels of the agency to determine the proper structure for the nation’s telecom market. To streamline the FCC’s operations, former FCC Commissioner Nicholas Johnson recommended that the agency start by studying its internal processes in great detail and by having someone “talk to every single person there.”