NTIA To Get Full Senate Commerce Committee Health Exam


Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Ranking Member Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) on Tuesday (6/5) sent a letter to full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) requesting they fulfill their commitment to hold FCC oversight hearings by immediately rescheduling the February hearing.

While there’s no word yet from the House E&C Committee on the request, the Senate Commerce Committee is convening a hearing on June 13 that involves another important communications arm: the NTIA.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing entitled “Oversight of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration” at 10am Eastern next Wednesday.

As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, the hearing will examine the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the agency’s role in managing federal spectrum and representing U.S. interests with the global internet multistakeholder community.

Additionally, the hearing will look at how NTIA is working to deliver a modern National Broadband Map capable of providing better service availability data, along with other major policy issues before NTIA.

There is a lone witness scheduled to appear at the hearing.

That would be David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator for NTIA, which falls under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253.

Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.