House Subcommittee Sets Witnesses For Spectrum Hearing


The House Communications Subcommittee has picked the witnesses weighing in at its April 12 hearing on spectrum issues including auctions and alleged warehousing.

The length of the witness list matches that of the title of the hearing, "Using Spectrum to Advance Public Safety, Promote Broadband, Create Jobs, and Reduce the Deficit."

There will be seven weighing in: Slade Gorton, former senator and a member of the 9/11 Commission; Deputy Chief Charles Dowd from the New York Police Department; Coleman Bazelon, principal of the Brattle Group; Mary Dillon, president, U.S. Cellular; Robert Good, chief engineer, WGAL-TV; Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology; and Peter Pitsch from Intel.

Bazelon is familiar to broadcasters as the economist whose study the Consumer Electronics Association pitched as reason broadcasters should be moved off their spectrum to make way for wireless broadband.

The subcommittee is chaired for former broadcasters Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who has said there will be multiple hearings on the topic.