The five commissioners have a potentially explosive Open Meeting on the calendar for 12/18/07, and a standing invitation to visit the Senate Commerce Committee in 12/13/07. That will happen after the same committee votes on Byron Dorgan’s (D-ND) bill to stall whatever FCC Chairman has in mind for the 18th. Now comes word that the House Commerce Committee is getting into the act as promised. It has officially placed an oversight hearing on its calendar for 12/5/07, under the jurisdiction of Ed Markey’s (D-MA) Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
RBR/TVBR observation: If nothing else, former FCC Chairman Michael Powell’s attempt to loosen media ownership rules back in 2003 has made the five commissioners among the most popular Capitol Hill guests (or menu items, depending on your perspective).