Rep. Rick Boucher invites witnesses to broadband hearing


We knew that the influential House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet would be holding a hearing entitled “The National Broadband Plan:  Deploying Quality Broadband Services to the Last Mile” on Wednesday 4/21/10. Now we know who Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) has invited to testify and take questions.

From the subcommittee, here is the invited guest list:

* Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

* David Villano, Assistant Administrator, Telecommunications Program, Rural Development, Department of Agriculture

* Joe Garcia, Regional Vice President, National Congress of American Indians, Lifetime Council Member of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

* Austin Carroll, General Manager, Hopkinsville Electric System

* Mark Dankberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ViaSat, Inc.

* S. Derek Turner, Research Director, Free Press

* Jeffrey A. Eisenach, Managing Director and Principal, Empiris, LLC

RBR-TVBR observation: We would have liked to see MSTV exec David Donovan on the witness list. He has suggested that licensed use of the oft-targeted television “white spaces” might be extremely useful in finishing the broadband job in rural areas.