Doyle Elected Chairman of House Telecom Subcommittee

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced today that he will serve as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in the 116th Congress.
 
“I’m humbled and grateful that my Democratic colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee have entrusted me with the chairmanship of this subcommittee,” Congressman Doyle said today. “After eight years serving in the minority, I’m excited for the opportunity to set the Committee’s agenda on these issues – rather than just playing defense. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to promote policies that benefit consumers, small businesses, and innovators, as well as to conduct effective oversight of the Trump Administration.” 
 
The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology has jurisdiction over federal policy dealing with wireless and wireline telecommunications, spectrum issues, the broadcast industry, and technology research and development.  It has oversight responsibility for the federal agencies administering those policies – most notably the Federal Communications Commission.
 
Congressman Doyle has served on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for a number of years, rising to the position of Ranking Democratic Member in the 115th Congress. He has worked aggressively to promote innovation and greater competition in the telecommunications industry in order to provide the greatest possible benefit to other businesses and consumers through new technology, more choices, better quality service, and lower prices. 
 
With those goals in mind, Congressman Doyle has been a leader in the fight to promote, defend, and restore net neutrality, and he has been actively involved in efforts to make Broadband Internet more available and affordable for all Americans. 
 
Other pro-consumer legislation he has championed includes the Local Community Radio Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-371), which by substantially increasing the number of low-power FM radio licenses the Federal Communications Commission could issue has significantly increased the diversity of voices and views available on the FM radio dial – and the Do Not Call Improvement Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-187), which eliminated the need for consumers to sign up for the federal Do Not Call Registry again every 5 years. 
 

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