WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced all five FCC commissioners will testify on “Keeping the New Broadband Spectrum Law on Track” on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. Details will be posted here as they become available.
The subcommittee is continuing to exercise oversight over implementation of spectrum auctions, which will help meet soaring demand for wireless broadband services and fund a nationwide public safety network. The auctions were part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee as Chairman Walden’s Jumpstarting Opportunity with Broadband Spectrum (JOBS) Act.
Chairman Walden stated, “Our subcommittee carefully crafted the legislation to create jobs by getting more spectrum into the pipeline to meet consumer demands for more mobile broadband, and to allocate a portion of auction proceeds toward build-out of a public safety broadband network, while ensuring broadcasters are treated fairly. I look forward to the testimony of all five FCC commissioners as we examine what the FCC can do to advance those goals, and what it should avoid.”