Martin Among Witnesses at Congressional DTV Hearing Tuesday

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will lead a lineup of eight witnesses set to testify on the DTV transition before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet Tuesday (June 10).

Mark L. Goldstein, director of Physical Infrastructure Issues at the U.S. Government Accountability Office will discuss a recent GAO report indicating the progress and challenges ahead for broadcasters.

Lawmakers also plan to discuss the transition test market of Wilmington, N.C.

The hearing is entitled, “Status of the DTV Transition: 252 Days and Counting.”

Bernadette McGuire-Rivera, associate administrator in the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will discuss the NTIA’s converter box coupon program.

A second panel of witnesses is set to include Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom Media, which owns and operates more than 40 television stations; John Ripperton, senior vice president for supply chain management at RadioShack; Tom Romeo, director of federal services at IBM, NTIA’s main contractor in the coupon program; Kim Cannon, vice president, and general manager for the Fayetteville/Wilmington markets for Time Warner Cable; and Eric Rossi, senior product manager of the Nielsen Co.

The hearing, which will be Webcast, is Tuesday, June 10, at 9:30 a.m. During the 110th Congress, the telecom panel has held four hearings on the DTV transition.