FCC Trio Heads To The Hill


fcc2017FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Republican Commissioner Michael O’Riellyand Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn have been summoned to Capitol Hill for the first time since the new Congress took shape.

The trio will be appearing at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. called, appropriately, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”

As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, the hearing will have a broad scope covering every aspect of the agency and major policy issues before the Commission.

“Under Chairman Pai’s leadership, the FCC has the opportunity to chart a path away from heavy-handed intervention in competitive markets and work collaboratively with Congress to create a modern regulatory agency that better meets the needs of consumers,” said U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the powerful committee. “The FCC has already taken steps towards increased transparency under Chairman Pai, and I would like to see that continue. At our hearing, committee members will have a forum to ask the commissioners about issues facing the FCC that impact Americans.”

The hearing will be held in Senate Hart Office Building, Room 216.

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.


  1. Here’s something every broadcaster that has faced large fines, fees, forfeitures and large legal expenses should attend. It is no secret who benefits from many of the incomprehensible regulations in CFR Part 73. Let’s return to an element of common sense regulatory compliance without the heavy handed lobbying efforts from those profiting from “special-interest, hidden agenda regulations” that have seriously plagued broadcasting for decades resulting in hundreds of station now black or silent.

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