Sources: House Communications Subcommittee Teeing Up Spectrum Hearing

July 23 is tentative date for look at status of incentive auctions

According to multiple sources, the House Communications
Subcommittee is looking at holding a hearing July 23 on the broadcast incentive

Expected to testify are representatives of the National
Association of Broadcasters -- likely former FCC Wireless Bureau chief Rick
Kaplan, but NAB had no comment; Preston Padden, who is representing the
Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition, a group of approximately 70
stations that may be interested in putting spectrum up for auction; representatives
from the telcos; and a representative of the public interest community. Padden
had no comment, saying the proper protocol is to let the committee announce its
witness list.

According to a source, the committee is also looking for an FCC witness to testify. 

Subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) has pledged vigorous
oversight of the auctions, including a series of spectrum-related hearings.
That is not surprising since he was instrumental in the House version of
legislation creating those auctions.

A subcommittee spokesperson was not available
for comment at presstime.