Senate to Hold Auction Hearing Dec. 10

Chamber Will Hear from Stakeholders on Progress of Auctions

Senate Commerce Committee chairman Jay Rockefeller (D- W.Va.) has scheduled an incentive auction oversight hearing for Dec .10.

No witness have been announced, but from the title, "Creating a Successful Incentive Auction: Stakeholders' Perspectives," it sounds like it should include broadcasters and wireless phone companies at a minimum.

Rockefeller was instrumental in the legislation creating the broadcast incentive auctions, whose proceeds will help pay for the interoperable, broadband first responder network he has championed.

The FCC has set a 2014 target date for the auctions, but new chairman Tom Wheeler said this week he was not going to rush the process given the unprecedented complexity.