Who knew there were so many jokesters in the nation’s capital? The number of April Fool’s Day pranks is beginning to match the page count of the federal budget.
The first prank of the day for me yesterday came at a Politico interview with Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., who had reporters on the edge of their seats teasing that the Federal Communications Commission’s Julius Genachowski had a new job. The punch line: Genachowski would lead an effort to provide broadband technology for the Libyan rebels.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association then hit my e-mail inbox with a link to a release about an infringement lawsuit against a repertoire company that played without authorization John Cage’s iconic silent composition where a pianist sat motionless for 4 minutes and 33 seconds. “It was just intermission,” countered the repertoire company.
Those of us following the ongoing controversy over spectrum allocation were greeted with a provocative headline from the law blog of Fletcher, Heald and Hildreth, which declared that the FCC was going ahead with near-term incentive auctions, only to find out that instead of cash, broadcasters that relinquish spectrum might instead get a signed copy of the National Broadband Plan.
Not to be outdone, Public Knowledge, a liberal public interest group, put together a comprehensive white paper on renewable communications technologies to help solve the wireless spectrum crunch. My personal favorite: Semaphore. “Unfortunately, according to a recent OECD study, the United States is ranked only 15th among industrialized nations in semaphore flag deployment,” the fake report said.
Never a dull moment.