Witnesses Named for House Net-Neutrality Hearing

Former Communications Subcommittee Chair Boucher Among Them

The House Communications Subcommittee has named the witnesses for its Feb. 25 network-neutrality hearing.

The hearing title, "The Uncertain Future of the Internet," gives some sense of where the Republicans are on the proposal to reclassify Internet service providers as telecoms under Title II, not that the committee leadership had made any secret of their dislike of Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's plan.

The witnesses for the 10:30 a.m. hearing, which comes the day before the FCC's planned vote on reclassification, are: Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation; Rick Boucher, former chairman of the subcommittee and currently honorary chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance; Larry Downes, project director, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; and Gene Kimmelman, president of Public Knowledge.

The House Government Oversight Committee is holding a hearing in the afternoon on Feb. 25, also looking at Title II from the perspective of the White House's push for that route to new Open Internet rules. No witnesses have been announced for that hearing, but Wheeler said he was unable to testify.