FCC To Face House, Senate Oversight Panels
March 2, 2015 at 3:56 AM (PT)
The FCC will be on the hot seat for two panels coming up in the House and Senate.
On WEDNESDAY (3/4), the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. GREG WALDEN (R-OR), will hold a hearing on reauthorization of the FCC budget. WALDEN said, “Our work is overdue to say the least. JOE MIONTANA was king of the football world and TOM BRADY was barely a teen the last time Congress authorized the FCC. Is the FCC best positioned to handle the challenges of the innovation era? Americans’ demand for state-of-the-art communications and technology platforms for interacting and conducting business continues to grow. This hearing is a part of our ongoing effort to modernize the federal government and ensure that the FCC has the tools to transparently and efficiently carry out its mission on behalf of the American people.”
Thus far, FCC Managing Dir. JON WILKINS is the only witness listed as being called for the hearing.
Later in the month, the Commissioners have been summoned by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, chaired by Sen. JOHN THUNE (R-SD), for an oversight hearing on MARCH 18th.
In the release about the hearing, the committee noted that "(t)his will be the Committee’s first public opportunity to directly question the Commission about its controversial Open Internet Order. The Committee is also expected to explore matters related to the modernization of the nation’s communications laws and the reauthorization of the agency, which has not occurred in 25 years."