Net neutrality advocate: don't give FCC Chair Martin a second term
If you consider yourself a net neutrality advocate, you may know that veteran telecommunications consultant and now public policy advocate David Isenberg's isen.blog is a place where you will see your views be passionately stated.
David's raised the rhetoric by several decibels. He's calling for the new U.S. Senate to refuse to renew Federal Communications Commission chair Kevin Martin for a second term when the issue comes up early in 2007.
Isenberg believes that under Martin's leadership, the agency "seems intent on strengthening the old telco business model" rather than champion wider broadband access.
He further says that Martin's allegedly partisan stances toward waving major telecom mergers through, weakening the FCC's common carrier obligations and enforcement powers while cracking down on "free speech on the Internet" does not merit the current FCC Chair from getting another term.
The new Democrat majority in the Senate possibly has the votes to deny Martin a second term, but I don't think this is going to happen. The Dems may save their efforts for legislation with a broader base of appeal. Plus, it is extremely unlikely that the Bush Administration would name an FCC candidate with a significantly different agenda than Martin's.
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