In a Letter to FCC, Senator Booker Expresses ‘Disappointment and Concerns’ Over Chairman Pai’s Not Defending Intrastate Rate Caps

The day before a Senate Commerce Committee FCC Oversight hearing, Senator Booker sent a letter to Chairman Pai expressing his ‘disappointment and concerns‘ over the Chairman’s decision to stop FCC attorneys from defending the FCC’s intrastate rate caps in federal court. The completed briefs were already filed in the case, but Chairman Pai instructed FCC attorneys not to include intrastate rate caps in their oral arguments defending the order. Senator Booker requests ‘a detailed, written explanation…‘ by April 7th.

Read the letter here

Senate Commerce Committee to Hold FCC Oversight Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an FCC Oversight hearing tomorrow, where the three current FCC Commissioners will testify. Look for some of the Democratic members of the committee to challenge the brash moves of recently promoted Chairman Pai.

Senate Commerce Committee Press Release:

FCC Commissioners to Testify on March 8

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., entitled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.” As part of the Committee’s oversight responsibilities, the hearing will have a broad scope covering every aspect of the agency and major policy issues before the Commission…

– The Honorable Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
– The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
– The Honorable Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Hearing Details:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 10:00 a.m., Full Committee

The hearing will be held in Senate Hart Office Building, Room 216. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

Minority Members of the Committee: Ranking Member Bill Nelson FL, Maria Cantwell WA, Amy Klobuchar MN, Richard Blumenthal CT, Brian Schatz HI, Edward Markey MA, Cory Booker NJ, Tom Udall NM, Gary Peters MI, Tammy Baldwin WI, Tammy Duckworth IL, Maggie Hassan NH, and Catherine Cortez Masto NV.

The hearing video will be archived.