Assessing the Communications Marketplace: A View from the FCC

February 1, 2007

253 SR
In this hearing, the Commerce Committee will hear from the five Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioners on several pending proceedings that address competition in the telecommunications industry. The Commissioners will discuss the state of competition in business and residential communications markets, the impact of structural and technological changes occurring within industry, the availability and affordability of broadband in the United States compared with other industrialized nations, the impact of media consolidation on diversity and localism, the future of universal service, and other major issues and proceedings that the Commission expects to address in the coming year that will affect the communications and media marketplace.


Majority Statement

  • Daniel K. Inouye

  • John F. Kerry


Opening Remarks

  • The Honorable Deborah Taylor Tate

    Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    Chair, Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service
  • Honorable Michael J. Copps

    Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Kevin J. Martin

    Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Jonathan S. Adelstein

    Rural Utilities Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • The Honorable Robert M. McDowell

    Federal Communications Commission