By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-17-20

A hearing in the House Communications Subcommittee that was advertised as a Democratic attack on (and expected Republican defense of) the FCC panned out as expected, with the Democrats using the hearing to make it clear it was also an indictment of President Trump as he seeks to be re-elected.

The hearing was as much about the partisan divide as it was the digital divide. That even extended to Republicans participating from the hearing room criticizing Democrats for appearing from their homes or offices rather than showing up in person.

Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said the country could not depend on the generosity of private companies to solve the connectivity crisis in a pandemic and the FCC had not seen fit to provide a national and coordinated plan to marshal federal resources. He said the Trump Administration and FCC priorities were misplaced and mismanaged. » Read More