FCC Broadband Plan to Face Congressional Scrutiny

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Washington Post

Next week, Congress will weigh in with its view of the Federal Communications Commissions national broadband plan. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. to review the plan. The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet plans to hold its own hearing on the plan next Thursday, March 25.

The views of some lawmakers and regulators came out quickly once the plan was released, and not surprising those perspectives fell along party lines.

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who was responsible for putting the broadband plan mandate into last year’s stimulus act, hailed the plan as a foundation for implementing other technological improvements. More…