Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Outgoing FCC Chairman to take Fellowship at the Aspen Institute

FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin announced his resignation from the Federal Communications Commission, effective January 20, 2009. Martin has taken a new position as a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

He is the fourth consecutive FCC chair to accept this fellowship after ending the chairmanship, including Reed Hundt and Michael Powell.

Chairman Martin stated that his philosophy during his tenure at the FCC "has been to pursue deregulation while paying close attention to its impact on consumers and the particulars of a given market, to balance deregulation with consumer protection." He stated that he "approached his decisions with a fundamental belief that a robust, competitive marketplace, not
regulation, is ultimately the best protector of the public interest and the best method of delivering
the benefits of choice, innovation, and affordability to American consumers."

Martin was nominated by President George W. Bush to a Republican seat on the Commission, and was sworn in on July 3, 2001. He was designated chairman by President Bush on March 18, 2005. Chairman Martin was re-nominated for a second term as commissioner and chairman by President George W. Bush on April 25, 2006.