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E&C Announces Legislative Hearing on Communications Bills to Connect and Protect America

May 17, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, May 24, at 11 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building on five communications and technology bills. The hearing is entitled, “Strengthening our Communications Networks: Legislation to Connect and Protect.” 

“Next week, we will consider several important bills designed to ensure our communications networks are operating efficiently, serving consumers’ needs, and safeguarding public safety,” Pallone and Doyle said. “We look forward to discussing the urgent need to reauthorize the FCC’s spectrum auction authority, as well as requiring mobile service providers to protect survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other related crimes from abusers with whom they share mobile service contracts. We’ll also review bills to strengthen the FCC’s Lifeline program and improve federal spectrum testing and management. We look forward to discussing these bills and are grateful for the thoughtful, bipartisan work that has gone into them.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in-person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, legislation, witnesses, and a link to the live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.