Bush Renominates Martin as FCC Chairman

Barring unforeseen obstacles, Kevin J. Martin will remain at the helm of the FCC through June 30, 2011, now that President Bush has renominated the chairman whose term was set to expire this June.

Martin first joined the commission in 2001, working with then-chairman Michael Powell. Bush appointed him as chairman when Powell left the FCC in early 2005.

This is an exciting time of growth and innovation in the communications sector, Martin said on Tuesday. I look forward to working with the administration, Congress, my fellow commissioners and the talented staff at the FCC to provide all Americans with the services and opportunities offered by the best communications system in the world today.

The Bell companies on Tuesday sent out a slew of press releases praising the renomination, but the competitive community remained silent. Martins commissioner colleagues also released statements applauding the announcement.

Martin, said Herschel Abbott, vice president of public affairs for BellSouth Corp., has been instrumental in implementing policies that have encouraged the deployment of broadband. Further, he has initiated rulemaking that seeks to bring competitive video choice to consumers.

Abbott added that the Bell company which is about to be acquired by AT&T Inc. appreciated Martins work on E911 requirements and in leading the FCCs response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the same vein, Tom Tauke, Verizons executive vice president for public affairs, policy and communications, said, Chairman Martin gets it and he gets the job done. So his renomination is well deserved.

Before joining the FCC, Martin served as special assistant to the president for economic policy. Earlier in his career, he was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth.

Martin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree from Duke University. He later went on to receive his JD from Harvard University.



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