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FCC chair Martin to leave as Obama takes office

updated 04:00 pm EST, Thu January 15, 2009

Martin to Leave FCC

FCC chairman Kevin Martin this afternoon said he would leave the organization on January 20th, the same day as President-elect Obama's administration takes office. The regulatory head plans to join the communications think tank Aspen Institute immediately afterwards and is departing ahead of the formal end of his term, which doesn't expire until 2011 and would have let him continue as a regular commissioner.

The move is believed at least partly prompted by Obama's expected choice of Julius Genachowski for the chairman spot, which would institute a change in policy more heavily in favor of net neutrality and rural broadband than Martin. A House Committee report also accused Martin of micro-managing the FCC and of consciously favoring phone companies over cable providers in many of his rulings.

Martin is nonetheless best known for coordinating the auction for the newly-cleared 700MHz wireless space, which will mostly be used for 4G cellular Internet access and in some cases will require support for unlocked devices and unrestricted software. He has also pushed for the approval of using untapped "white space" frequencies for unlicensed wide-area wireless.



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  1. Monstermind

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    Net Neutrality is Poison.

    It will improve NOTHING and create misery. If this is what Obama's boytoy is into, qwe're all doomed.

  1. elroth

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    great news

    Under Michael Powell and Kevin Martin, the Bush FCC has been a total joke. Less and less companies owning more and more radio and TV stations, with no accountability to the public. Telecoms and cable companies raise prices at will, with crappy service. The only thing the Bush FCC cared about was whether someone blurted out a naughty word.

    I am so glad Martin is leaving early, and there will be some sanity brought to the FCC.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: great news

    What the h*** are you talking about elroth! The Bush FCC was concerned with more than just profanity.

    They also were making sure the children didn't see anything that anyone could potentially consider to be something like nudity.

    Will someone please think of the children?!?!?!

  1. QualleyIV

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    re: great news

    @elrothSo your position, I take it, is that telecoms and cable companies are going to start offering better service at lower prices under the Obama administration. HA HA HA HA HA. I swear, I wonder what all of you guys are going to blame stuff on when you can't blame it on Bush any more. Whatever it is, I'm sure it won't be Obama's fault..Monstermind is right, net neutrality is, as others have put it "a solution in search of a problem", or as we'll all know it if it happens, another tax line on your phone/cable bill.

  1. QualleyIV

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    re: great news

    @elroth

    So your position, I take it, is that telecoms and cable companies are going to start offering better service at lower prices under the Obama administration. HA HA HA HA HA. I swear, I wonder what all of you guys are going to blame stuff on when you can't blame it on Bush any more. Whatever it was, I'm sure it won't be Obama's fault..

    Monstermind is right, net neutrality is, as others have put it "a solution in search of a problem", or as we'll all know it if it happens, another tax line on your phone/cable bill.

  1. chas_m

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    Anything at all ...

    ... is better than anything Bush had in place.

    Still, credit where credit is due, I give "G-Dub" props for two things:

    1. He has shown us all how government is NOT supposed to work, so now we know the difference

    2. He has given retarded people the dream of someday being president like he was.

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