Senate Commerce Schedules Spectrum Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on "The State of U.S. Spectrum Policy."

The hearing will be July 23 at 10 a.m. and look at "the Federal Communications Commission’s and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s role in spectrum management and policymaking." 

While that may sound dry, the two agencies have been feuding over freeing up government spectrum bands for 5G, including in the FCC's Ligado decision and the opening up of the 5.9 GHz and 24 GHz bands.

Related: EI's Layton Says Agencies Need to Show FCC Some Respect 

Witnesses for the hearing will be Tom Power, SVP and general counsel, CTIA—The Wireless Association; Mr. Mark Gibson, director of business development, CommScope; Dr. Roslyn Layton, visiting researcher, Aalborg University; and Michael Calabrese, director, Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute at New America. 

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.