According to a source tracking the selections, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been tapped to head the House Energy & Commerce Committee's Communications & Technology Subcommittee.
Blackburn has been active on the subcommittee, opposing the FCC’s net neutrality rules, broadband privacy framework and set-top box revamp. She has been vice chair of the full committee. She is also on President-elect Donald Trump's transition team executive committee.
Former communications Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.) was term limited, but moved up to chair of the full committee, succeeding Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who was term limited as well.
The source said the following have been named to chair the other subcommittees: Upton will chair Energy & Power; Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) will chair Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade; Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), Oversight and Investigations; Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), Health; and Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), Environment.
Committee assignments are expected to be announced Friday (Jan. 6).
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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.