The House communications and technology subcommittee plans to hold a hearing July 25 on oversight and reauthorization of the FCC. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building and will feature all three Commissioners. “I look forward to having FCC Chairman [Ajit] Pai and Commissioners [Mike] O’Rielly and [Mignon L.] Clyburn join us to testify before the subcommittee next week,” said subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.).
“This hearing is an opportunity for our members to discuss and provide input on priorities for the agency, most importantly, creating the right conditions for expanding broadband’s reach across America. I’m hopeful that this hearing will also allow for a robust discussion regarding efforts to modernize the FCC’s structure and build on the steps Chairman Pai has already taken toward transparency and accountability.” A news release said that “members will consider legislation that will reauthorize the FCC while implementing a number of reforms aimed at improving the agency’s processes and practices. Finally, members will use this hearing as an opportunity to discuss the FCC’s critically important Lifeline program and the needed improvements identified recently by the GAO.”