House Communications Subcommittee Teeing Up Spectrum Hearing: Sources

July 23 is Tentative Date for Look at Status of Incentive Auctions

According to multiple sources, the House Communications Subcommittee is looking at holding a hearing July 23 on the broadcast incentive auctions.

Expected to testify are representatives of the National Association of Broadcasters -- likely former FCC Wireless Bureau chief Rick Kaplan, but NAB had no comment; Preston Padden, who is representing the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, a group of approximately 70 stations that may be interested in putting spectrum up for auction; representatives from the telcos; and a representative of the public interest community. Padden had no comment, saying the proper protocol is to let the committee announce its witness list.

According to a source, the committee is also looking for an FCC witness to testify. 

Subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has pledged vigorous oversight of the auctions, including a series of spectrum-related hearings. That is not surprising since he was instrumental in the House version of legislation creating those auctions.

A subcommittee spokesperson was not available for comment at presstime.