Issues in Telecommunications Competition

Tuesday July 22, 2008

House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Hearing
2:00 p.m. in room 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will serve as a legislative hearing on H.R. 3914, the
“Protecting Consumers through Proper Forbearance Procedures Act." HR 3914 amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to grant or deny, within one year, a petition by one or more telecommunications carriers or classes of carriers requesting that the FCC forbear from applying any regulation or provision under the Act. (Current law deems such a petition granted if not denied within one year.)

The bill is sponsored by House Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) and has 11 co-sponsors including Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-MA) and Vice Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA).