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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Broadband Stimulus Oversight: Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on 01-28

Update: The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee oversight hearing has been changed to a new strat time of 9:30 a.m. (ET). Our thanks to Washington attorney Paul Sinderbrand for letting us know of the change.


StimulatingBroadband.com 01/27/2010 San Francisco -
The Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow, Thursday, January 28, 2010, on the "Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009."


The hearing is the first Congressional oversight proceeding relative to the federal broadband stimulus program held in 2010, and the first since the spate of House and Senate hearings in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The witness list for the hearing states that the only 2 scheduled witnesses are Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, and Larry Strickling, the Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

We believe that Secretary Locke's testimony will mark the first time a cabinet secretary within the Obama Administration has testified to Congress specifically about the broadband stimulus program within the Recovery Act. Additionally we believe this is the first oversight hearing of the program to be conducted by the Appropriations Committee of either the U.S. House or Senate.


The Subcommittee is chaired by Senator Barbara Mikulsi (D-MD), who is the fourth Democratic member in terms of seniority on the full Appropriations Committee, of which Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI) is the Chairman.

The following is verbatim copy from the Subcommittee press release, issued 01/22/2010:


Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee (Chairwoman Mikulski)


Thursday, January 28, 2010 Time and Location: 9:30 a.m., Dirksen 192

Agenda: Oversight of the Department of Commerce's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

*Witnesses: Panel 1:
The Honorable Gary Locke Secretary U.S. Department of Commerce
The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information U.S. Department of Commerce and Administrator National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

*Witness list is subject to change and/or addition.
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