Reps. Upton, Walden question FCC release of AT&T staff report: Two top GOP lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowki on Wednesday, questioning his decision to publicly release his agency's analysis of the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. In the letter, Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the subpanel on Communications and Technology, ask whether Genachowski consulted with the other commissioners and whether the FCC has ever released another report under similar circumstances.
ON TAP THURSDAY:
Obama has nominated Maureen Ohlhausen to the FTC and Jon Leibowitz to serve a second term as the agency's chairman.
The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers's (ICANN) plan to
expand top-level domains so almost any word can be used as the final
part of a Web address. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz slammed the proposal in an interview with Hillicon on Wednesday.
The House Homeland Security Committee Transportation
Security subcommittee will hold a noon hearing reviewing passenger-screening
technology at U.S. airports. The technology used to screen passengers
has drawn considerable scrutiny from privacy advocates who claim the
scanners used can be invasive and that the data captured is ripe for abuse by federal
Brendan Sasso contributed to this post.