FCC grilled in two separate hearings.



Both the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held hearings last week concerning the FCC. The Senate committee was digging into the FCC’s privacy proposals for broadband ISPs; none of the Commissioners were in attendance. But the House committee drew all five Commissioners to face the music before the typically contentious committee. (Before the hearing was convened, the committee described the FCC as “bitterly divided along partisan lines” and opined that the agency was “contemplating a novel, onerous, and ineffective vision of consumer privacy” in the matter of the Internet having been ruled as a common carrier. In fact, however, the actual hearing had more to do with TV ratings issues like the set-top box and whether the lifeline program is riddled with fraud.)