Third Energy and Commerce subcommittee talks to FCC


Most of the time, whenever the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a preliminary hearing involving the Federal Communications Commission in one way or another, the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet is the venue of choice. But 2011 is only barely beyond the halfway point, and already a third subcommittee will be hauling in someone from the FCC for testimony.

In addition to the Communications Committee led by Greg Walden (R-OR) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led by Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) has gotten into the FCC act.

This time, it’s the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, led by Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC). The topic will be internet privacy, and the title pretty much spells it all out: “Internet Privacy: The Views of the FTC, the FCC, and NTIA.”

The Commerce subcommittee will not be flying sole this time – this will actually be a joint hearing along with the Communications subcommittee. Witnesses have not yet been announced.

It’s on the schedule for Thursday 7/14/11 at 11AM.