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Congressional hearings remain mostly low-tech for CEOs

House and Senate committees are allowing virtual conferencing, but witnesses are also in the room, if kept far apart from others

Masked CEOsMasked CEOs: Left to right, Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom; Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA; and Steven Berry, Competitive Carriers Association at a May 13 Senate hearing.
Photo courtesy Jonathan Spalter, USTelecom

May 22, 2020
By Walt Williams

Empty committee rooms. Witnesses sitting several feet apart. Committee members and witnesses participating via videoconferencing. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Congress conducts committee hearings, but they are still taking place and association CEOs are still being called in to testify.