House Judiciary digital hearing steers clear of broadcasting


The House Subcommittee on the Courts and Competition Policy, part of John Conyers’ (D-MI) House Judiciary Committee, held a 916/10 hearing on “Competition in the Evolving Digital Marketplace.” The group empanelled to testify before the subcommittee was light on direct stakeholders and devoid of broadcasters.

The Subcommittee is chaired by Hank Johnson (D-GA), with Howard Coble (R-NC) serving as ranking member.
The witnesses included:

* Richard Feinstein, Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission

* Edward J. Black, President & CEO, Computer and Communication Industry Association

* Morgan Reed, Executive Director, Association for Competitive Technology

* Scott C. Cleland, President, Precursor, LLP

* Geoffrey A. Manne, Executive Director, International Center for Law & Economics, Lewis & Clark Law School

* Mark N. Cooper, Ph.D., Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America

RBR-TVBR observation: Some times the best news is no news. Broadcasters haven’t had great results out of Conyers’ panel of late, and it’s just fine with us if his committee turns its attention elsewhere for awhile.