Friday, February 4, 2011

Alert: House Committee to Hold First Broadband Stimulus Oversight Hearing Under GOP Control 02/04/2011 San Francisco - Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI-06) of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee has scheduled the first congressional oversight hearing of the federal broadband stimulus program under Republican control of Congress for Thursday, February 10. 

Rep. Greg Walden (l) at media announcement of his
Subcommittee Chairmanship by House Speaker
John Boehner (R-OH-08) 
Upton has delegated this first oversight hearing to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR-02).

According to the brief hearing notice posted so far, the hearing will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn House Office Building.  The hearing is entitled “ARRA Broadband Spending.” 

As of this posting called witnesses have not been announced. If the House Republicans continue with past precedent, the hearing will be webcast live.

With all of the many moving pieces comprising the national telecom policy agenda in light of Republican control of the House in the new 112th Congress, this hearing becomes the most significant action by the GOP to date relating to the specifics of the Obama Administration's broadband stimulus program.

We will update this important story with numerous separate posting as we gather comments, outline the Republican agenda for the hearing, document the background of congressional oversight of the program to date, and provide analysis of the hearing's possible impacts on awarded stimulus funding going forward.
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