Auctions, receivers on Subcommittee agenda


U.S. CongressCommunications Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden has put hearings on the calendar to discuss the upcoming incentive auctions of spectrum in the television space and developments on the receiver end of the spectrum equation. Witnesses have been officially announced.

The panel will look just like the one that sits at the front of the room behind the big desk at the FCC during that agency’s monthly open meetings.

Walden has a date: 12/12/12, but he does not yet have a time or place.

The witnesses include Julius Genachowski, Robert McDowell, Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai.

Also, the panel for the Subcommittee’s hearing on receivers 11/29/12 has also been released.
Entitled :The Role of Receivers in a Spectrum Scarce World,” the hearing is set for 10AM.

Walden said, ““Spectrum is essential to jobs, technology, and the economy. The demand for spectrum, however, is quickly outpacing the usable supply. As part of the subcommittee’s ongoing conversation on making smarter use of spectrum, we will discuss the role of receivers and examine how we can stay flexible while preparing for the next generation of innovation and advancement.”

The witnesses include:
* Brian Markwalter, Senior Vice President, Research and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association
* Ron Repasi, Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission
* Pierre de Vries, Adjunct Professor, Silicon Flatirons, University of Colorado