Subcommittee tees up TV auction hearing


Coming to a Rayburn Building hearing room near you (if you happen to be in Washington DC in the Capitol Hill area, anyway) – a hearing on the use of auctions in the television spectrum band to promote the expansion of mobile broadband. The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will host panelists in a discussion of the topic.

The session is being called “Promoting Broadband, Jobs and Economic Growth Through Commercial Spectrum Auctions.” It will be called to order Wednesday, 6/1/11 at 9:30 AM under the gavel of Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR).

As is well known to regular readers of this space, Walden is a former broadcaster, albeit on the radio side – he owned and operated a group of radio stations in unrated portions of Oregon. He and other subcommittee members will be hearing testimony on the topic of voluntary spectrum auction participation, and according to Hillicon Valley, Walden will be listening with the protection of broadcast interests in mind.

Witnesses have not yet been announced.