Speculation on Waxman's telecom influence

In the game of musical chairs coming out of the 2008 elections, speculation is turning to what role Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) will play on telecommunications policy. 

Waxman was elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is expected to emphasize government accountability and pursue a "transparency agenda." A report soon to be issued on the FCC's decision-making process under current FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is expected to highlight Waxman's penchant for accountability.

While Waxman has a "spotty record" of attending high-tech oriented hearings, he supports network neutrality and is expected to work with the incoming administration to craft legislation in that area.

Meanwhile, ousted chairman Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) may need other work to keep busy. Speculation is high that Dingell may want a larger role on the subcommittees for Telecommunications and the Internet, lead in the last Congress by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).

For more:
- Congress Daily via Govexec.com tunes in Waxman push.

Related articles
Telecom lobbyist's alleged Obama advisor role criticized
WSJ: New Congressional leadership = Telecom regulation shift
Rockefeller set to rock telecom?

Suggested Articles

icrosoft took the wraps off of a new cloud service for Azure via its partnership with Genesys.

Ahead of next month's fourth quarter earnings, Windstream touted its 2019 broadband achievements this week.

Cincinnati Bell announced on Friday that it has received an unsolicited buyout bid from an "infrastructure fund" for $12 a share in cash.