Senate panel set to examine rural communications


U.S. CongressThe Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the
Internet has slated a session on the state of rural communications next month. The panel is part of the Senate Commerce Committee.

The  hearing will mark the debut outings for the leaders of each party’s contingent: Mark Pryor (D-AR) is Chairman and Roger Wicker (R-MS) is Ranking Member.
The session is entitled “State of Rural Communications.” It is on the calendar for Tuesday 4/9/13 at 10:30 eastern.

The panel stated, “This hearing will examine the current state of rural communications and challenges facing companies serving rural consumers.”

Although the precise topics to be discussed have not yet been divulged, the odds are that they will lean more toward the telephone, broadband and Universal Service side of the universe of communications issues and less towards the broadcast side.

But the witness list will tell the tale. We’ll keep our eyes open to see who is invited to testify, so our readers will know if this is a session worth monitoring or not.