FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, said today that he will be stepping down from his post once the new administration takes over next week, Reuters reports. Martin will be joining The Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, AP reports. Aspen spokesman James Spiegelman told AP that Martin will be joining the institute as a senior fellow with its Communications and Society Program.
Although it was assumed that Martin would be leaving with the new administration, his term with the FCC was not expiring until 2011. However, at an FCC meeting today, Martin said he plans to leave the commission after eight years. Martin has been considered a controversial figure for his leadership on such issues as cable regulation and open networks. The announcement follows reports that President-elect Barack Obama is likely to nominate Julius Genachowski, one of his key technology advisors, to the position of FCC Chairman.
By Tricia Duryee