House to discuss future of online video

Josh Peterson Tech Editor
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A House subcommittee is set to meet next week to discuss the impact of the current regulatory framework on advancements in communications technology.

The hearing, scheduled for June 27, will be held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, but witnesses have yet to be announced, according to a memo posted on the subcommittee website.

Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement that the subcommittee “will examine how advances in consumer electronics, broadcasting, cable, satellite, the Internet and other platforms are changing how consumers access video content, how those changes are impacted by existing regulations, and what type of regimes should apply going forward.”

Walden previously spearheaded action to reform the FCC’s regulatory process, which included the agency’s transparency processes in meeting requests made by citizens under the Freedom of Information Act.

TheDC has previously reported on how the agency has stonewalled transparency requests along partisan and ideological lines, favoring progressive watchdog groups over conservative watchdog groups. The Washington Free Beacon recently reported staffers from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have used the agency to conduct opposition research on the DCCC’s political opponents.

The subcommittee is also set to reconvene in July to consider whether the agency is meeting congressional priorities.

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