Kennedy keeps pressure on FCC over 5G-spectrum payout
“We’re really hoping that Kennedy doesn’t derail the whole process by holding these hearings, bringing the FCC’s general counsel in, trying to stall,” said Jeffrey Westling, a telecommunications expert at the center-right R Street Institute.
“So far, it’s mainly Kennedy that’s been the thorn in the side of the commission here,” said Westling. “But who knows what [Congress] could do, if more senators really start being vocal about this issue.”
Kennedy may not even need the support of his colleagues in order to act. As the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, the senator has tremendous power over the FCC’s budget. And Calabrese said it’s possible that Kennedy could insert a rider into the appropriations bill that would “prohibit the FCC from conducting an auction where private parties get a windfall.”