WASHINGTON — By any measure, Alfred C. Sikes has a bold blueprint, and he is in a hurry to put it in place.
As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he sees a world in which people could use satellites and high-speed fiber-optic communication lines to take college courses at home, have television sets double as multimedia computer work stations, use communication networks to transmit the contents of an entire library in seconds and track down a person anywhere on the globe to deliver the data.
To speed these developments, the 51-year-old Mr. Sikes has embraced a sweeping agenda to overhaul communications policy in the United States and in the process put companies on equal footing with those in Europe and Japan. He wants to free up space on the crowded airwaves for advanced new services, from pocket-sized radio telephones to interactive television and satellite messaging. He is also pressing to end the practice of assigning valuable licenses through lotteries, a practice he said has allowed speculators to earn huge profits by simply reselling licenses, and is pushing for authority to award licenses through autions. He is also bent on spurring competition by knocking down regulatory barriers that now segregate services into isolated fiefdoms for telephones, cellular service, cable television and broadcasting. He is pressing for legislation to lift key restrictions on the Bell telephone companies while forcing them to open their networks to new rivals.