Report: Grassley May Lift Hold On FCC Nominations If Committee Gets LightSquared Documents
February 29, 2012 at 3:53 AM (PT)
A possible end game to the block on JESSICA ROSENWORCEL and AJIT PAI's nominations to the FCC by Sen. CHARLES GRASSLEY (R-IA) may be in sight, as BROADCASTING AND CABLE's JOHN EGGERTON reports that GRASSLEY is suggesting that he would lift the hold if the FCC turns over documents on the LIGHTSQUARED case to the Chairmen of either the House Energy and Commerce Committee or the Senate Commerce Committee so he can get access to them.
The Commission has refused thus far to provide GRASSLEY with the documents on the failed application by LIGHTSQUARED to use a block of spectrum for wireless applications and its initial approval, which GRASSLEY is concerned was rushed and premature due to political pressure.
GRASSLEY is not the chair of a relevant committee, and the Commission has indicated that it will only provide documents on cases to committee chairs.