Telecom panel change


Veteran lawmaker Ed Markey will hand over the reins of the House telecom subcommittee to Virginia Democrat Rick Boucher, co-author of the Anti-Spam Act of 2003 and a leader on telecom issues.

Boucher will give up leadership of the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. That means Markey, who has been instrumental on the telecom panel, will have a much lesser hand in shaping media policy in the 111th Congress.

Boucher, who arrived in the House in 1983, is no stranger to telecom legislation. In addition to his work on the Anti-Spam Act, he is the founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan House Internet Caucus and has been at the forefront of cable and telecom competition issues. (partialdiff)