Congress is back, and Thursday’s schedule has the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet back in action. The hearing, “Oversight of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Broadband, Part 2,” holds only marginal interest for most broadcasters, but it will offer an opportunity to see new NTIA head Larry E. Strickling in action. And if you want a blast from the past, the only other witness is Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein.
RBR/TVBR observation: Adelstein, of course, is late of the FCC – not enough of a draw to get us into this one – not even if he promises to break out his harmonica. This subcommittee’s umbrella Committee on Energy & Commerce is expected to be holding an FCC Oversight hearing soon, however – and we’ll be all over that one.