NTIA Reauthorization Hearing Set For Next Week


Congress has not reauthorized the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) since 1992.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the new chair of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, intends to do something about that.

The Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing for 10:45 a.m. on Thursday (2/2) in which members “take a holistic look at the NTIA with an eye toward updating the NTIA Organization Act for the 21st Century.”

The NTIA was established in 1978, and the administrator is tasked with serving as the president’s principal advisor on communications policy. The NTIA administrator is the coordinator of government spectrum allocations, and the voice of the administration at the FCC and in Congress on communications and information policy.

“Given NTIA’s critical role in communications policy and the fact it hasn’t been reauthorized since 1992, it’s past time for us to take a thorough, comprehensive look at the NTIA,” said Blackburn. “I’m looking forward to discussing NTIA’s work on spectrum allocation, ICANN activities, and what steps we can take to ensure America remains competitive in today’s digital environment.”

The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.