Monday, November 21, 2005

U.S. Senate Schedules Telecom Hearings

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee announced an aggressive schedule of telecom related hearings starting in January. The hearing are seen as a prelude to possible congressional action on revising the Telecom Act next year. Nomination hearings were also scheduled for open FCC Commissioner seats.
































































Senate Commerce Committee 

Telecom Hearings


December 13
10:00 AM

(Tuesday)

Nomination
hearings for Michael Copps and Deborah Taylor Tate to be FCC
Commissioners
January 24 10:00 AM

Tuesday
Video Franchising
January 24 2:30 PM

Tuesday
Video Content
January 26 10:00 AM

Thursday
Full
committee hearing on Competition and Convergence
January 31 10:00 AM

Tuesday, 
Broadcast and Audio Flag -
February 7 10:00 AM

Tuesday, 
Net Neutrality 
February 14 10:00 AM

Tuesday,
State and Local Issues and Municipal Networks
February 14 10:00 AM

Tuesday
State and Local Issues and Municipal Networks 
February 28 10:00 AM

Tuesday
USF Contributions 
February 28 2:30 PM

Tuesday
USF Contributions 
March 2 10:00 AM

Thursday
Wireless Issues/Spectrum Reform -
March 7 10:00 AM

Tuesday
Rural Telecommunications -
March 14 10:00 AM

Tuesday
VoIP
March 14 2:30 PM

Tuesday
Wall Street's Perspective on Telecommunications -

http://www.senate.gov
  • In July 2005, Senator John Ensign (R-NV) proposed a bill that would eliminate the requirement that video service providers obtain a cable franchise agreement in order to provide video service. The legislation seeks to promote inter-modal competition between telcos and cable operators by making it easier for telcos to launch video services. The proposed bill contained provisions covering Net Neutrality, Access to Content, IP Mobility, diversity of programming, municipally-owned networks and other regulatory topics.

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