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Martin Takes Over FCC Helm

3/16/2005 02:27:00 PM Eastern

Washington — Kevin Martin was named Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Wednesday by President George W. Bush.

Martin, 38, has been an FCC commissioner since 2001 and since he is simply being promoted to chairman, he does not have to undergo Senate confirmation procedures. Martin replaces outgoing chairman Michael Powell, who announced his resignation in January.

“I am deeply honored to have been designated as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and I thank President Bush for this distinct privilege,” Martin said in a written statement.

Consumer Electronics Association’s president/CEO Gary Shapiro applauded the Martin’s appointment, calling the decision wise and positive.

“During his tenure at the Commission,” Shapiro said, “Kevin has consistently supported competition, deregulation and the advancement of new technologies. This philosophy makes him well suited to lead the Commission as it continues to address the regulatory issues of the digital age.”

“I look forward to working with the administration, Congress, my colleagues and the FCC’s talented staff to ensure that American consumers continue to enjoy the benefits of the best communications system in the world,” Martin added.

Prior to this appointment, Martin was special assistant to the President for Economic Policy; a staffer at the National Economic Council, where he concentrated on commerce and technology policy issues; U.S. representative to the G-8 Digital Opportunity Task Force; and principal adviser on technology and telecommunications issues for the Bush-Cheney transition team in 2000-2001.

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