Bush Chooses Martin as Next FCC Chairman

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Bush chooses Martin as next FCC chairman Published: March 16, 2005, 12:43 PM PST By Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Update The Federal Communications Commission has a new chairman: Kevin Martin, who is expected to wield considerable influence during a period of radical change in the telecommunications and Internet business.

Martin, an FCC commissioner who was appointed chairman by President Bush on Wednesday afternoon, will be responsible for shepherding the agency through a major revision to U.S. telecommunications laws and an upswing in telephone calling over the Internet.

"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. Bush's choice of Martin, a

38-year-old lawyer who once worked for the Bush-Cheney campaign, was expected.

While Martin occasionally clashed with fellow Republican Michael Powell, the outgoing chairman, observers said the FCC's general approach toward broadband regulation and voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is likely to follow the same broad principles.

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VoIP Thought Leader and Industry Pioneer, Jeff Pulver, Comments on Today's Appointment of Kevin Martin as FCC Chairman
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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following may be attributed to Jeff Pulver, CEO of pulver.com regarding today's announcement appointing Kevin Martin as FCC Chairman:

"The new era at the FCC is dawning (alongside the new era in Communications). Chairman Martin will not exactly be a wild card to our industry. As a Commissioner for several years he has demonstrated a keen intellect and savvy political instincts and skills. We're looking forward to working with him to advance the cause of IP-based communications and to enable IP-based entrepreneurs and innovators to continue to transform the ways in which people communicate. Our experience has been that Martin has an uncanny ability to put all the pieces together and to bring parties to common ground for mutual benefit. While Chairman requires a different skill set than Commissioner, we're confident that, Kevin Martin will prove to be a savvy, politically astute Chairman with the ability to hammer out difference and find common ground."

About Pulver.com

Jeff Pulver is the President and CEO of pulver.com, and one of the true pioneers of the Internet telephony/VoIP industry. Mr. Pulver is a globally renowned thought leader, author and entrepreneur. He is the publisher of The Pulver Report and VON magazine, and creator of the industry standard Voice on the Net (VON) conferences. Additionally, Mr. Pulver is the founder of Free World Dialup (FWD), the VON coalition, LibreTel, WHP Wireless, pulverinnovations, Digisip, and is the co-founder of VoIP provider, Vonage.

Recently, Mr. Pulver's petition for clarification declaring Free World Dialup as an unregulated information service was granted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This landmark decision by the FCC, now referred to as "the Pulver decision," was the first decision made by the FCC on IP communications, and provides important clarification that computer-to- computer VoIP service is not a telecommunications service. For more information, please visit

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