FCC head defends broadband plan, oversight ability

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told a Senate committee Wednesday that his agency has the jurisdiction to regulate broadband policy regarding Internet access, despite a federal court ruling that appeared to strike down the FCC's ability to do so. At that hearing, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said he was ready to rewrite telecom laws in the wake of the court ruling. In the House, members agreed on a bill that would take inventory on the nation's spectrum needs, while a key lawmaker said he would oppose voluntary spectrum-reclamation efforts until the inventory was completed.

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