Some circles say 2011 will bring about the end of the world. In telecom circles, 2011 marks the end of Kevin Martin’s term at the FCC.
The current FCC chairman is giving no indication that he plans to resign from the agency once President-elect Barack Obama names a Democratic replacement. Martin spoke at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this weekend, and, according to media reports, he said he has no plans to announce.
In between disappointing the competitive telecom community, Martin said he opposes the Obama transition team’s request to delay the Feb. 17 digital TV transition. He said an extension would confuse consumers and create problems for broadcasters.
But back to the real point … 2011: end of the world, end of Martin’s term – one and the same? Only for Martin, we suspect.