DTV-Day on Capitol Hill


Instead of storming the beaches of Normandy, a few lucky regulators will be storming the slopes of Capitol Hill next week. On Thursday, 10/17/07, a branch of the House Commerce Committee will hold yet another hearing on the DTV transition, and the Senate Commerce Committee will suit during the afternoon. The morning session, kicking off at 9:30 AM Eastern, will be held by the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, which plans to host the FCC’s Kevin Martin, NTIA’s John Kneuer and an as yet unnamed representative from the Government Accountability Office. Then at 2:30 PM, the full Senate Commerce Committee gets its chance. No witnesses have yet been revealed, but the agenda item mentions specifically the NTIA’s digital-to-analog converter box coupon program — which probably means a long day for Kneuer. But Martin isn’t necessarily off the hook, since the ambiguous phrase "other issues" could well lead to a second appearance for him as well. The Telecommunications subcommittee also has a 10/31/07 hearing on the agenda, which will focus on stakeholders.