NAB’s Smith to the Hill for spectrum testimony


The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will look at two bills relating to communications spectrum at a Tuesday 12/15/09 hearing. NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith will represent broadcast interests before the subcommittee. Meanwhile, another subcommittee will look at childhood obesity.
Both subcommittees are under the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The two bills going before Communications, chaired by Rich Boucher (D-VA), are H.R. 3125, the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act, and H.R. 3019, the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2009. It is expected that the FCC floater on reallocating spectrum currently used for over-the-air television for wireless broadband use will be a prime topic of discussion.

The meeting is scheduled to kick off at 9:30 AM.

Here is the full roster of scheduled witnesses:

* Michael Calabrese, Vice President and Director, Wireless Future Program, New America Foundation

* Dale Hatfield, Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program, University of Colorado at Boulder

* Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

* Steve Largent, President and CEO, CTIA – The Wireless Association

* Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters

* Thomas Stroup, Chief Executive Officer, Shared Spectrum Company

At 10AM on Wednesday 12/16/09, the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled “Innovations in Addressing Childhood Obesity.” We flagged it since so often advertising and broadcasting are implicated whenever this issue comes up. The witness list for this one has not yet been made public.