Kerry Appointed New Chairman of Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, today announced the new subcommittees and subcommittee chairmen for the 111th Congress including Senator John Kerry as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology was reconstituted after its jurisdiction had been handled at the full committee level for the past four years. The subcommittee will have jurisdiction over the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
"I am grateful to my friend and Chairman, Jay Rockefeller, for his decision to reconstitute this subcommittee and hand me its gavel," said Kerry. "There's a huge agenda on our plates, from the digital television transition, expanding access to broadband, promoting greater diversity in media ownership, and following through on the 9/11 Commission recommendation to build a nationwide interoperable public safety network. I'm looking forward to diving into these issues and building consensus for good public policy."
"John Kerry is the right person to lead the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology," said Rockefeller. "He's worked on these issues for years, he's digging in to his committee work, and I know he fights for his priorities with a real passion. I look forward to working with him as we tackle the major economic challenges facing this country."