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House Dems Identify Net Neutrality Witness Wish List

House Democrats have offered up their own witness list for a planned House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on network neutrality.

Republican E&C Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has scheduled a Sept. 7 hearing titled "Ground Rules for the Internet Ecosystem" and invited the heads of edge providers Facebook, Alphabet, Amazon, Netflix and ISPs Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

But E&C Ranking member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Communications Subcommittee ranking member Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) say the witness list must extend beyond the big companies. In order to ensure that members of the Committee hear a broad variety of views from a more diverse group of people other than just CEOs, we have selected eight people to be invited that are prepared to testify and provide the Committee with their perspectives on the impact of the FCC’s actions," they wrote to Republican Committee leaders in a follow-up to their earlier suggestion the GOP list was lacking in small business leader and entrepreneur input.

Related: FCC's Net Neutrality Docket Tops 10 Million Comments

The eight witnesses on the Dems list:

  • Jonathan Jackson, co-founder of start-up Blavity, a social media site aimed at black millennials.
  • Ruth Livier, digital media writer and activist.
  • Jesse Vollmar, co-founder of FarmLogs, an agriculture-targeted software developer.
  • Myrna Morales, educator and tech advisor.
  • Johari Farrar, performer with the Truthworker Theater Company who crowdfunded her tuition.
  • Brandi Collins, senior campaign director for Media and Economic Justice at Color of Change.
  • Steven Renderos, organizing director at the Center for Media Justice.
  • Bryan Mercer, executive director of Media Mobilizing Project.
John Eggerton
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.