FCC Chairman Wheeler to testify on Hill next week

Federal Communications Committee Chairman Tom Wheeler will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week, days after his agency voted to move forward with proposed net neutrality regulations.

Wheeler is scheduled to appear May 20 before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

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The FCC voted Thursday to advance a proposal from Wheeler to rewrite the agency's net neutrality rules to allow Internet provides to charge fees for faster speeds. Wheeler has received bipartisan backlash against the proposal due to concern that Internet "fast lanes" would harm competition if larger corporations can pay the fees while smaller businesses cannot. 

Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on extremist group Boko Haram, which responsible for the abduction of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls. The girls have been missing for over a month. Officials from the State Department and Defense Department are scheduled to testify at the May 21 hearing. 

Details on these and other House hearings follow:

House Energy and Commerce Committee

- May 20, "Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission"
10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

House Financial Services Committee

- May 21, "Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Part Two"
10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

- May 20, "Examining the Dangers of the FSOC’s Designation Process and its Impact on the U.S. Financial System"
10 a.m., 2128 Rayburn

House Foreign Affairs Committee

- May 20, "The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations"
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn

- May 21, "Boko Haram: The Growing Threat to Schoolgirls, Nigeria and Beyond"
10 a.m., 2172 Rayburn

- May 21, "The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria: Views from the Ground"
2 p.m., 2172 Rayburn

House Veterans Affairs Committee

- May 20, "Evaluating Federal and Community Efforts to Eliminate Veteran Homelessness"
10 a.m., 334 Cannon

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