The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the Commission to hold off on votes on the controversial items until the new administration is in place.
The letter states, “The most important challenge for the Commission over the next ten weeks is to ensure a successful broadcast incentive auction. The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet America’s wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the local news and national programming broadcasters provide. As Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) noted during the 2008 Presidential transition, it would be counterproductive for the FCC to consider complex and controversial items that the new Congress and new Administration will have an interest in reviewing. We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the success of the broadcast incentive auction.”