March 16, 2005 12:43 PM PST

Bush chooses Martin as next FCC chairman

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enforce our rules more stringently." (L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Parents Television Council, endorsed Martin as chairman in January.)

Revisiting a 1996 telecommunications law
The FCC chairmanship will be unusually important in the next few years, as Congress mulls over revisiting the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which was not written with the Internet era in mind. On Wednesday, for instance, one House of Representatives committee convened a hearing titled "How Internet Protocol-Enabled Services are Changing the Face of Communications."

At the hearing, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton, R-Tex., said VoIP was so disruptive that it was time to rewrite the 1996 law. "This year, it's my intention to...craft legislation that reflects how much technology has changed the communications industry," Barton said.

Among the questions Barton said his legislation would address: Should VoIP companies be required to pay "universal service" taxes? Must VoIP firms be legally required to provide some form of e911 services? Should state governments be allowed to regulate, and perhaps even set prices for, VoIP services?

"As chairman of the commission, Kevin Martin can be an articulate spokesman for the view that Congress needs to reform the communications laws," said Randy May, a former FCC lawyer now at the free-market Progress & Freedom Foundation. "That really does require a new vision for communications policy and in fact for the FCC itself."

Some of May's colleagues had lined up behind Intel lobbyist Peter Pitsch, a former FCC lawyer who was seen as a dark-horse candidate for the chairman position. But Martin seemed to enjoy the broadest support.

Rhett Dawson, the president of the Information Technology Industry Council, wrote a letter to White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card endorsing Martin.

Martin supported the "removal of regulatory obstacles and introduction of competition into the broadband marketplace must occur if broadband is to reach its promise," Dawson wrote in the Feb. 7 letter.

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Getting a fair deal from the Cable company
I am all for the "a la carte" approach!!!!

Who is the best person to contact to let our
representatives know what we the people want?
Does Martin have an E-mail address??

We need fair regulation of the prices ComCast
can charge for cable services. Since ComCast
took over for AT&T Broadband in my area, they
keep deleting channels from my cable package
telling me I have to purchase a bunch of
expensive packages just to get back two or three
channels back that I want.

Since ComCast is practically a monopoly, (and
many Condo Associations and Apartment Buildings
don't allow satellite dishes, or trees and/or the
terrain prohibit usage of a satellite dish),
essentially ComCast is a monopoly in many areas.

I work second-shift and all I want is about
twelve channels of programming at night THAT
ISN'T INFOMERCIALS. I would like to be able to
select the 12 channels that I want, without
having to purchase a multitude of packages of
Each package may have only three channels I would
ever watch, but I have to purchase that entire
package of channels to get the few that I want.

If they gave you your local channels and as a
starting baseline the choice of about 12
channels OF YOUR CHOOSING from any channel in the
category of the expanded analog channels and/or
also from the Digital channels (and gave you
these first 12 channels at a reasonable price), I
would be very very happy.

They could sell any combination of packages
of channels beyond the first initial 12 that they
see fit, but having to purchase all the packages
just to get the 12 that you want seems unreasonable. For someone that just wants basic
television, they stick you with paying for
features and channels you don't want, nor will
ever use.

They either should offer us better
introductory choices, or be broken-up so
competition and free market can provide the
consumer with a better deal.

Please help us in getting a fair deal from The Cable Company.

I appreciate your assistance.


Larry Oliveto
Derry, New Hampshire 02028
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This guy is scary
Look for him to try and censor everything including Cable and Satlite all in the name of decency and protecting children. I'm all for protecting children, but parents, not the government need to take this role especially when it comes to TV.
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