Martin Likely to Head FCC Another 5 Years

The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously approved another five-year term for FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. President Bush earlier this year called for Martins term to be extended and the Commerce Committee on Tuesday agreed with that move.

The 39-year-old Martin has overseen the FCC since March 2005, when he succeeded Michael Powell. Some of the issues he faces include revising the contribution methodology of the Universal Service Fund, tackling intercarrier compensation rules and addressing special access guidelines.

The committee also nominated John Kneuer to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, which is part of the Commerce Department.

Both nominees now await consideration by the full Senate.

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