Dems Communications Subcommittee Members Set

Four New Members, including One New Seat Thanks to Gains in Last Election

The House Communications Subcommittee's Democratic membership for the 113th Congress has been set, with four news members and one new seat.

Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) remains the ranking member of the subcommittee. She said in a speech Tuesday that her priorities on the communications tech side will be government spectrum efficiency through reallocation or sharing; interoperability in the lower 700 MHz spectrum--broadcast spectrum--being freed up for auction to wireless companies; an open Internet; disclosure of terms of wireless service--she will reintroduce a bill ensuring consumers know what they are getting before committing to 2-year contracts; vigorous oversight of FCC incentive auctions/public safety network, cybersecurity legislation, and teeing up reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which expires in December 2014.

Other Democrats on the committee are Ed Markey (Mass.) [though his stay could be abbreviated if he wins the Senate seat being vacated by Secretary of State nominee John Kerry], Mike Doyle (Pa.) Doris Matsui (Calif.), Bruce Braley (Iowa); Peter Welch (N.H.), Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.), Bobby Rush (Ill.), Diana DeGette (Colo.), Jim Matheson (Utah), and Henry A. Waxman (Calif.) ex officio (as chairman of the parent Energy & Commerce Committee he gets to sit on all the subcommittees).

There are 13 Democratic members, up from 12 thanks to Democratic gains in the House in the last election. Out are Adolphus Towns, who did not run for re-election; John Barrow (Ga.) and Donna Christensen (V.I.), who both opted to move to Health.