On Tuesday, August 18, the Federal Communication jumped on the technological bandwagon and began "Twittering
allows text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers; to date, the FCC's Twitter
page has almost 1200 followers. The FCC has also started a blog called Blogband
. According to Chairman Julius Genachowski (who made the first post), "Blogband
is part of the FCC's commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband
will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we're making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation." Readers may leave comments after each post, but comments will be monitored during normal business hours and will be reviewed as "speedily as possible" before posting. "As this blog demonstrates, the Internet is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with unparalleled access to information." Genachowski wrote. "So visit Blogband
often to keep up with the latest news and -- more importantly -- get involved." The FCC pointed out that commenting in the blog "is not a substitute for submitting a formal comment in the record of a specific Commission proceeding."