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Source: Senate Video Hearing Postponed

Commerce Committee Said to Wait for Lynch, Lake as Witnesses
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According to a source, the Senate Commerce Committee is likely to postpone a future of video hearing that was being penciled in for Sept. 30.

No word on why, but committee was said to be eyeing Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch and FCC Media Bureau Chief Bill Lake as possible witnesses.

Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) last year joined with then Commerce Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), who has since retired, to propose one view of the video future, the Local Choice proposal that would have allowed cable subs to opt out of TV station signals on an ad hoc basis if they did not want to pay the per-sub price for them that cable operators pay and pass along to their subs.

"The Committee has yet to notice hearings for next week," said a spokesman for the committee. "An official decision for a hearing on Sept. 30 would not have to be made until Wednesday."

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