Rockefeller, Grassley Still Trying to Work Out FCC Nominee Issues
Source says one scenario discussed would have Rockefeller ask for LightSquared documents; Rockefeller aide says no formal request has been made "at this time"
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/12/2011 4:11:14 PM
Grassley's issue is that the FCC declined to provide him with internal and external documents on the waiver it issued LightSquared to launch a national wholesale wireless broadband network that will use satellite spectrum for terrestrial delivery. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski explained to Grassley that the FCC only responded to such requests from the chairs of relevant committees.
Rockefeller is one of those chairs and according to a source, one of the scenarios that has been discussed included Rockefeller asking for the documents, retaining jurisdiction over them, and letting Grassley have access to them. Grassley is ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which also has oversight responsibility in communications areas.
No official comment from Rockefeller's office -- Grassley's spokesperson was not available for comment -- but a Rockefeller aide speaking on background said: "Chairman Rockefeller has stated publicly that he will work to address any concerns related to the FCC nominations. However, at this time, he has made no formal request on Senator Grassley's behalf for LightSquared documents from the FCC."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will schedule some nominations for votes this week, but did not say which. Any senator can put a hold on a nomination and it need not have anything to do with the qualifications of the nominee.
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