This Week in Tech: Senate to question FCC, FTC picks

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The Commerce Committee approved Tom Wheeler's nomination for FCC chairman in July, but he has yet to receive a vote in the full Senate. The Senate often votes for nominees to commissions in bipartisan pairs, so the Senate will likely vote on Wheeler and O'Rielly together.

It is unclear whether McSweeny would move with the FCC picks, with another nominee or on her own. The FTC is currently deadlocked between two Democrats and two Republicans, so Senate Republicans may not be in a hurry to confirm her.

The Commerce Committee will also consider Jo Emily Handelsman's nomination to be associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at a hearing on Thursday morning.

In other technology news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will sit down with James Bennet of The Atlantic on Wednesday afternoon. Bennet is expected to ask about Zuckerberg's involvement in the immigration debate and his efforts to expand Internet access around the world. Zuckerberg may also weigh in on the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance programs.

The Facebook executive will be in Washington for meetings with senior Republican lawmakers.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on "the role of voluntary agreements in the U.S. intellectual property system" on Wednesday afternoon. The lawmakers will consider whether to provide legal benefits to companies that partner to combat copyright infringement.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, will speak at an American Enterprise Institute event on Tuesday morning. He is expected to discuss his panel's efforts to provide more spectrum to the private sector and fight government regulation of the Internet.

The House Homeland Security Committee will markup two cybersecurity bills on Wednesday morning.

T-Mobile and AT&T officials will speak at a panel discussion hosted by the Hudson Institute on Monday on the "future of the 1755-1780 MHz band."