FCC's Wheeler Won't Be Testifying at Oversight Hearing

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has told the leadership of the House Government Oversight Committee that he won't be able to testify at its hearing next week.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) had asked Wheeler to weigh in at a Feb. 25 hearing, "FCC Process: Examining the Relationship Between the FCC and the White House." That hearing is scheduled for the day before the FCC is planning to vote on new net neutrality rules.

“The Chairman responded to the Congressmen in a letter that he is unable to testify next Wednesday but wants to work with both Congressman Chaffetz and Congressman [Elijah] Cummings (ranking member of the committee] to find a future date on which he can appear before the Committee," an FCC spokesperson said.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.