Democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee hava added a vice-chair, and over at the Senate Committee, a communications subcommittee has been reconstituted. The surprise, we suppose, is that the Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is not Byron Dorgan (D-ND), who has made the most noise about such topics in recent years. Rather, it will be John Kerry (D-MA), working opposite Ranking Member John Ensign (R-NV). (Dorgan will chair an aviation subcommittee). At the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, working with Chair Rick Boucher (D-VA) will be Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY).
RBR/TVBR observation: Nothing personal guys, but we are anticipating the first hearing meet-up between Kerry and Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps – neither is what we would call a captivating public speaker. In fact, if they were to engage in a series of closely reasoned questions and answers, and we could get the session into a bottle, we could put all over-the-counter insomnia remedies out of business.