Thursday, September 10, 2009

Broadband Stimulus Oversight: House Subcommittee Hearing Underway 09/10/09 The US House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet opened, at 10:00 A.M. today, its oversight hearing to examine the broadband stimulus programs of the federal Recovery Act of 2009.

Subcommittee Chairman Boucher closed the hearing at approximately 1:00 P.M., after the hearing ran for about 2 hours and 15 minutes of questions and statements from Members, and statements and responses form the 2 witnesses.

During his opening statement, Larry Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and chief of the National Telecommunications and information Administration (NTIA) stated that his agency is exploring the possibility of just one additional funding round. Previously NTIA and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture had stated that there would be a total of e funding rounds.

The Subcommittee, of the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is chaired by Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA).

As we reported previously, Chairman Boucher held his Subcommittee's first broadband stimulus program oversight hearing on April 02 of this year.

The 2 called witnesses at today's oversight hearing are:

* Larry E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce.

* Jonathan S. Adelstein, Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture.

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