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March 8 FCC Hearing in House Postponed

The House Communications Subcommittee is postponing its planned March 8 FCC reauthorization hearing at which all the Commissioners had been expected to testify, according to a copy of an e-mail alerting Hill staffers to the change Wednesday (March 1) obtained by Multichannel News.

The hearing was scheduled to deal with budget issues, spectrum auctions, and FCC process, among other things.

Subcommittee chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has said that her priorities are reauthorization of both the National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the FCC. Her first oversight hearing was on NTIA.

“I’m looking forward to having new FCC Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Reilly and Clyburn testify before the subcommittee,” said Chairman Blackburn in announcing the hearing last month. “It will provide our members the opportunity to learn more about the final stages of the broadcast incentive auction, Chairman Pai’s agenda, and FCC reauthorization.”

That hearing was to have been one of two hearings with the FCC commissioners, the other being a Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing, which is still scheduled for 10 a.m. March 8, at least according to the committee Web site.

The House hearing had been announced Feb. 10 but had not been listed on the E&C web site.

The e-mail does not say why it was postponed or when it might return. A committee spokesman cited "scheduling issues."