U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Hold Hearing on Spectrum Policy

The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled, “Our Wireless Future: Building A Comprehensive Approach to Spectrum Policy.” Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) explains in his opening statement that:

Wireless spectrum enables much of the technology that powers our modern   economy…[and] these technologies rely on spectrum that has been carefully licensed and coordinated by the FCC…To meet the current demand and meet future needs we need a national spectrum policy that incentivizes innovation and provides opportunities for new technologies…I am very concerned there has been a breakdown between the FCC, NTIA, and other federal stakeholders. Over the last year and a half several federal agencies have expressed deep concerns about a number of FCC proceedings relating to spectrum policy.

The first panel includes representatives from the FCC and NTIA to address these concerns as well as further discuss the deployment and repurposing of the 5G spectrum. The second panel contains witnesses that will explore the opportunity and challenges the C-band pose.


Panel 1:

  • Julius P. Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission
  • Derek Khlopin, Senior Policy Advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Panel 2:

  • Tim Donovan, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Competitive Carriers Association
  • Peter Pitsch, Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, C-Band Alliance
  • Scott Bergmann, Senior Vice President, Legislative Affairs, CTIA
  • Michael Calabrese, Director, Wireless Future Project, Open Technology Institute at New America
  • Mariel Triggs, Chief Executive Officer, MuralNet
  • Jeffrey S. Cohen, Chief Counsel, APCO International


To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.

Written by Alexandra Moyer

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