Monday, October 02, 2006

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's 2nd Term Nomination On Hold

Report: FCC Chairman Vote On Hold
October 2, 2006, www.fmqb.com

While Kevin Martin's first term as FCC Chairman expired on June 30, a hold has been placed on his nomination to a second term on the commission, according to Broadcasting & Cable. Martin was renominated in April by the President for a second, five-year term, and in September, the Senate Commerce Committee voted 21 to 0 to approve the renomination. However, an expected floor vote before the election break has not happened yet. Sources say that it is a policy issue, not a personal one, that prompted the hold, and the hold can be lifted at any time, according to B&C. One theory floating around is that the hold was placed by Senator John Sununu (R-NH) over the issue of e911 - the requirement, pushed by the FCC, that interconnected VOIP services deliver 911 calls to a local emergency operator as a standard feature rather than an option. However, any Senator can place a hold on a renomination. At this point the hold has little effect since even without renomination, Martin could still serve until the close of the next session of Congress, which is in the fall of 2007. If the hold is not lifted by the Senate's planned exit on October 30, Martin could still get a vote in a lame duck session starting in November, or even a recess appointment by the President, says B&C....READ MORE: HERE

10/02/2006 08:47:00 PM

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