Hill hot seats for the Commissioners


As expected, everybody on the guest list for the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet will have something in common: an office on the 8th Floor of the Federal Communications Commission. Ed Markey's (D-MA) second FCC oversight hearing will be used to follow up questions left hanging the first time around. Chairman Kevin Martin (R) will lead the panel which will include Michael Copps (D), Jonathan Adelstein (D), Deborah Taylor Tate (R) and Robert McDowell (R). The session kicks off at 9:30 AM. The topic, "the management and functioning" of the FCC, is rather vague, although one specific item is mentioned, the upcoming auction of analog television spectrum being abandoned as part of the DTV transition.