The Senate Commerce Committee has snagged both Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Christine Varney for its hearing Thursday on "Consumers, Compeitition and Consolidation in the Broadband Market," the hearing formerly known as the Comcast/NBCU deal hearing.
Genachowski and Varney will be on a first panel to discuss the regulatory process. They can't discuss the Comcast/NBC U deal particulars since its review is before both of them.
The second panel of the hearing will be headlined by Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts. NBCU president Jeff Zucker, who has teamed with Roberts on the other three Hill hearings on the deal, was not on the list, as reported yesterday by Multichannel News.
Also weighing in will be Mark Cooper of Consumer Federation of America, who testified in earlier hearings in opposition to the deal, as well as Writers Guild president John Wells, Colleen Abdoullah of WOW! Internet, also a previous witness, and law professor Christopher Yoo.