The Senate Commerce Committee
has snagged both FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Attorney General
for Antitrust Christine Varney for its hearing March 11 on consumers, competition
and consolidation in the broadband market, the hearing formerly known as the Comcast/NBCU
Genachowski and Varney will
be on a first panel to discuss the regulatory process. They can't discuss the
Comcast/NBC U deal particulars since its review is before both of them.
The second panel of the
hearing will be headlined by Comcast Chairman Brian Roberts. NBCU President
Jeff Zucker, who has teamed with Roberts on the other three Hill hearings on
the deal, was not on the list, as reported yesterday by B&C.
Also weighing in will be Mark
Cooper of Consumer Federation of America, who testified in earlier hearings in
opposition to the deal, as well as Writers Guild President John Wells, Colleen
Abdoullah of WOW! Internet, and law professor Christopher Yoo.