FCC process hearing back on the schedule


The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet had originally planned to grill the FCC on its decision-making process on Tuesday 5/3/11, but had to pull the session from the schedule. It’s back on. Meanwhile, a Senate Judiciary Committee subcommittee has a telecom merger it wants to rake over the coals.

The House session, in the Subcommittee of Greg Walden (R-OR) is expected to feature all of the key 8th Floor FCC residents, including Chairman Julius Genachowski and commissioners Michael Copps, Robert McDowell, Mignon Clyburn and Meredith Baker.

Republican members of the subcommittee and its parent Committee on Energy and Commerce have been disappointed with FCC actions, particularly the adoption of network neutrality regulation and the imposition of conditions on the joint venture between Comcast and NBC Universal.

The session has been rescheduled for Friday 5/13/11 at 9:30AM.

In the Senate, the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights is looking into the proposed acquisition of T-Mobile by AT&T. The subcommittee is part of the Senate Judiciary Committee under Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and is chaired by Herb Kohl (D-WI).

This hearing is on the books for Wednesday 5/11/11 at 10:15. The Democratic leadership signaled that they are less than positively disposed to seeing the merger consummated in titling the session. They chose to go Jeopardy-style and named it in the form of a question: “The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Is Humpty Dumpty Being Put Back Together Again?”