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Bush Chooses Martin as Next FCC Chairman

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld)
Thu, 17 Mar 2005 00:35:49 -0500

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

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

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

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.

Full story at:
Press release from Jeff Pulver:

VoIP Thought Leader and Industry Pioneer, Jeff Pulver, Comments on
Today's Appointment of Kevin Martin as FCC Chairman

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following may be
attributed to Jeff Pulver, CEO of 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."


Jeff Pulver is the President and CEO of, 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

Reader Contact Information Enterprises, 115 Broadhollow Road, Suite 225; Melville, NY
11747; Tel: 631-961-8950, Fax: 631-293-3996, .

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Jonathan Askin Alan Weinkrantz
General Counsel 210-820-3070 ext. 103

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