Committee Announces Markup and First Hearing of the 116th Congress

January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene an executive session at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, in Dirksen G50 to consider the committee budget resolution and subcommittee membership. To view the agenda, click here.

Immediately following the executive session, the chairman will convene the first full committee hearing of the 116th Congress titled, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States.” The exact start time of the hearing is contingent on the conclusion of the executive session and will be held in the same room. This hearing will focus on key steps to maintain U.S. global leadership in next-generation communications technology,spectrum needs to accelerate deployment, and new applications and services consumers can expect with 5G deployments. The hearing will also examine current efforts to modernize infrastructure siting policies and the security of 5G networks.

“The committee’s first hearing on 5G deployment and technology innovation will highlight an important issue not only to Mississippians, but to all Americans,” said Wicker. “Expanding broadband service and fostering innovation are top priorities of mine, and I look forward to continuing the committee’s efforts to close the digital divide in our nation and maintain U.S. leadership in 5G technology.”


  • Mr. Steve Berry, President and CEO, Competitive Carriers Association
  • Mr. Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America
  • Mr. Brad Gillen, Executive Vice President, CTIA
  • Mr. Michael Wessel, Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission  
  • Ms. Kim Zentz, Chief  Executive Officer, Urbanova

Executive Session and Hearing Details:

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

This executive session and hearing will take place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in G50. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

*Note: Witness list updated on 3/21/19