FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Resign Jan. 20
Today Kevin Martin, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, announced that he will resign on January 20. He is expected to be replaced by President-Elect Barack Obama's nominee, Julius Genachowski. The change in guard comes because the law states that the party controlling the White House (in this case, the Democrats) gets to pick the chairman and three of the commission's five spots. Kevin Martin is a republican, and was expected to vacate the office.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Resign In January
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.
President Trump Picks Republican Ajit Pai to Chair FCC
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Trump Rounds Out FCC with Brendan Carr Nomination
President Donald Trump has nominated Brendan Carr to fill the fifth and final Commissioner role at the FCC. Brendan Carr, a Republican, joins Commissioner Michael O'Reilly and Chairman Ajit Pai, giving Republicans a 3-2 majority over Democrat Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
"Deception and Distrust"
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What remains to be seen, however, is if the wireless industry going forward can regain competitive balance from the egregious accumulation & consolidation the FCC permitted during the Martin regime. I fear, unfo