& cplSiteName &

That's Chairman Kev, to You...

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
3/16/2005
50%
50%

U.S. President George "W" Bush announced his intention to designate FCC Commissioner Kevin Martin as the new Chairman of the FCC today. Martin will replace the outgoing [ed. note: not to say "vivacious"] Michael Powell.

The youthful-looking North Carolina native, in one of his more whimsical interviews a few years ago, told Light Reading that he sometimes gets carded at the FCC cafeteria and that he doesn't necessarily look older with facial hair (see Kevin J. Martin).

Martin was appointed to the FCC in July 2001 for a term that runs until June 2006. He came to the FCC from the White House, where he served as a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and was on the staff of the National Economic Council. In that capacity, he focused primarily on commerce and technology policy issues.

In 2003, Martin and Chairman Powell famously locked horns over UNE-P -- Powell backed the RBOCs that stand against it, but Martin voted to keep it. Powell was roundly criticized when fellow Republican Martin sided with the Democrats against Powell's attempt to abandon the rules that require incumbent carriers to allow competitors access to key network elements at wholesale prices. (See Powell Loses FCC Vote, FCC's Martin: Ruling 'Balanced', FCC Rumbles on the Rules , and FCC Chairman Explains 'Sideshow'.)

The industry appears to be cheering Martin's appointment so far, as carriers, vendors, and lobbying groups are firing off congratulatory [ed. note: not to say "toadying"] press releases at an unprecedented pace (see New FCC Chair Welcomed).

Indeed, some perceive that Martin's unpredictable voting record is evidence that he doesn't make up his mind until after all facts are heard.

"He is very open-minded and he has never gone into any proceeding with a predetermined idea of they way it should turn out," says Jonathan Lee, director of regulatory affairs at CompTel/Ascent Alliance, a Washington-based lobby for the CLECs. "He is a great choice -- maybe we'll get away from outcome-oriented decision making that goes on over there.

"A lot of people think that on a given issue Powell told people in the bureau where he wanted to go with a given issue based on his own ideas of where things need to go," Lee says. "He was more willing to make policy based on his own personal views, while Commissioner Martin will rely more on the facts."

In a way, the appointment is reflective of the seemingly softened partisan [ed. note: not to say "pugnacious"] posture of the Bush Administration since the election.

During his term, Powell has gone to great lengths to keep VOIP and other IP-based services from being stifled by regulation. And most believe that the commission's stance on technology will continue.

In addition to dealing with the classification of VOIP services, finalizing the rules surrounding inter-carrier compensation, and enforcing Byzantine indecency standards, Martin will be busy presiding over other thorny communications issues, such as the reform of Universal Service (see Rural Carriers Circle the Wagons).

Still, some see Martin's appointment as positive in that it's not too big a departure from Powell's chairmanship.

"It's hard to say if the tenor of the policymaking will change in the long term," says Vonage Holdings Corp. spokeswoman Brooke Shultz. "But the idea is that Martin will give us continuity in the next six months and continue the perpetual motion of the Commission."

— Mark Sullivan, Reporter, Light Reading

(11)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
lastmile
50%
50%
lastmile,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:23:04 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
Politics and Technology can never mix.
The market will decide the future of tech.
The FCC is a political establishment.
They always try to show that they love the consumer and the best way they show their love for us is after the market decides what the consumer really wants.
When some new technology (like VOIP) makes an impact in the day to day life of the average human the FCC takes the credit by telling every Tom Dick & Harry that they were really responsible for the progress for this new form of communication.
That is what the FCC is all about.
It really does not matter who the Chairman is.
falsecut
50%
50%
falsecut,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:23:00 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
What a naive way of looking at things. Of course it matters. While companies may come up with consumer solutions, if they are taxed, regulated, or otherwise handled in a way that a company feels that the costs of complying with the government obligations is greater than the benefits to the customer, the offer will change.

The UNE-P squabble is a great example of this. Agree or disagree with the regulation, many business strategies were changed as a result of the order. Had the order gone the other way, the dynamics of the industry would now be different. Pretending it doesn't matter is really ignoring the facts.
lastmile
50%
50%
lastmile,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:58 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
falsecut:
Fact #1.The US lagging behind in broadband. We hold the distinguished 12th position.
Fact #2.Since the beginning of 2001, the communications sector has been a disappointing segment of the national economy.
Fact #3.Neither Congress nor the Federal Communications Commission has been able to change the downward trends or mood in the sector.
Fact #4.Do you still feel that the same 'old member of the same team' will make a difference?
Fact #5. I think not because I am navie.
spelurker
50%
50%
spelurker,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:58 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
> Fact #1.The US lagging behind in broadband.
> We hold the distinguished 12th position.

I've seen the TV ad which claims this. I find it fascinating that the RBOCs who are whining about this are the very organizations which could have done the most about it.
In the US, cable broadband is king, but everywhere else it's DSL. If the RBOCs really wanted to do DSL, they'd have it. Other nations have proved this.
Admittedly, many of the other 11 nations have had specific government subsidies but the difference is striking nonetheless.
falsecut
50%
50%
falsecut,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:53 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
"Fact #1.The US lagging behind in broadband. We hold the distinguished 12th position." The LECs will tell you that they have not invested because of poor government policies, e.g. forcing them to share facilities with competitors. Believe them or not, it is this reason given for their lack of deployment. In other words, it is government policies that they say has stifled their ability to bring broadband to a larger segment of the consumer marketplace. They would contradict your first assertion, "The market will decide the future of tech." To hear them tell it, the market is clamoring for it but government has prevented it.

"Fact #2.Since the beginning of 2001, the communications sector has been a disappointing segment of the national economy.
Fact #3.Neither Congress nor the Federal Communications Commission has been able to change the downward trends or mood in the sector." Many would argue that they have done little to stimulate it and it is because of, not in spite of, the FCCs actions that the sector is in the dumps. I would say that it is too many competitors chasing too few customer dollars. Certainly, there are structural issues that the government is not helping.

"Fact #4.Do you still feel that the same 'old member of the same team' will make a difference?" The views of Martin and Powell are in sharp contrast. The fact is that there will only be four 'old members'. Somebody will replace Powell and if that person is his polar opposite, it will change the dynamics of the FCC. Remember that many decisions were 3-2, with Martin being part of the 'two' and Powell part of the 'three'.

"Fact #5. I think not because I am navie." Um, you lost me here. You don't think because you are naive? You think you are not naive?
rjmcmahon
50%
50%
rjmcmahon,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:52 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
It really does not matter who the Chairman is.

I think it does matter. I'm optimistic about Commissioner Martin becoming the chairman. I don't know why, but while Chairman Powell seemed more interested in his personal public appearances than he did in getting the policy right, I intuitively believe Martin will think deeply about policy. Time will tell.

Did anybody see the Charlie Rose interview with Chairman Powell? Powell's memory of his father's words before leaving to serve in Germany was something like, "Make sure you take care of our troops." What father would say something like that when his son is leaving? A departing son wants (needs?) to feel the love of a father rather than his high expectations.

Lesson to me is that we should take care of our children first and only then can they grow to fulfill their complete potentials. I don't know anything about Martin's upbringing. Hopefully it was done in a way such that he's now ready and able to serve the public interest.
rjmcmahon
50%
50%
rjmcmahon,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:52 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
The LECs will tell you that they have not invested because of poor government policies.

Whenever we hear an ILEC excuse for under performance we need to come up with an appropriate response. Blah, blah, blah, blah would be my first reaction though I don't know that that would help.
lastmile
50%
50%
lastmile,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:50 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
Just a friendly discussion:
falsecut:
"Fact #1.The US lagging behind in broadband. We hold the distinguished 12th position."
"Fact #2.Since the beginning of 2001, the communications sector has been a disappointing segment of the national economy.
Fact #3.Neither Congress nor the Federal Communications Commission has been able to change the downward trends or mood in the sector"
"Fact #4.Do you still feel that the same 'old member of the same team' will make a difference?"

Your said: 'I would say that it is too many competitors chasing too few customer dollars. Certainly, there are structural issues that the government is not helping'
This is exactly what I am also trying to say but unfortunately I am unable to express myself equally well.
Elsewhere in the world the issues are the same. 'too many competitors chasing too few customer dollars' yet we hold the distinguished 12th place.
The FCC is a superficial establishment and I am convinced that their existence continues to create confusion for a quick and sustained recovery of this sector.
My fact#5 made no sense. To me the FCC makes no sense.
I travel often and I have seen the world. I can see a distinct difference between the US and the rest of the world with respect to broadband connectivity. About 10 years ago it was the other way around. Something is wrong somewhere and I am of the opinion that politics plays a substantial role in curbing competition. I would classify the FCC as 'non customer/user' friendly.
That is why I keep saying a new chairman will make no difference.


falsecut
50%
50%
falsecut,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:33 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
"Something is wrong somewhere and I am of the opinion that politics plays a substantial role in curbing competition. I would classify the FCC as 'non customer/user' friendly. That is why I keep saying a new chairman will make no difference."

If by customer, you mean the average Joe, I would say that anymore our entire government is not customer friendly. Large businesses rule the roost. Little guy be damned. But whether or not you think it "makes a difference" I suppose depends on how pessimistic you are overall. I'd like to think that somebody can bring some fairness into the process. That may make me naive.
lastmile
50%
50%
lastmile,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:22:29 AM
re: That's Chairman Kev, to You...
There's no fun in just 'you' and 'me' being involved in this discussion. The fact that very few people participated is because no one seems to really care about the change in the regime at FCC.
My pessimism was based on facts and not fiction.
'The US lagging behind in broadband. We hold the distinguished 12th position'
With your blessings we may reach the 11th place but I doubt it.
And if that really happens please do not credit the FCC for that achievement.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
From The Founder
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Interviews
CenturyLink: Let's Get Past SD-WAN Hype

6|23|17   |   04:02   |   (0) comments


Technology becomes a "shiny object" unless it's properly focused on solving business needs for enterprise customers, says Bill Grubbs, network solutions architect for CenturyLink. He explains to Light Reading why SD-WAN deployments have to be tailored to specific needs – and more.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera's Sales Director Paints Tech's Big Picture

6|21|17   |   4:14   |   (1) comment


Shannon Williams, Infinera's director of sales, shares how she achieves work's many balancing acts -- between her role and the broader company, today and tomorrow's tech and more.
LRTV Custom TV
SD-WAN Innovation & Trends

6|20|17   |     |   (0) comments


Versa CEO Kelly Ahuja discusses with Carol Wilson the current status and trends in the SD-WAN market, Versa's innovation around building a software platform with broad contextualization, and the advantages that startups can bring to the SD-WAN market.
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Dario Talmesio on 5G in Europe

6|20|17   |   02:16   |   (0) comments


At 5G World 2017, Dario Talmesio, principal analyst and practice leader on Ovum's fixed and mobile telecoms European team, explains the emerging trends amongst European operators as they prepare for 5G.
LRTV Custom TV
Putting Power on a Pedestal

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


ARRIS's John Ulm says a major accomplishment of SCTE•ISBE's Energy 2020 program is increased focus on power cost and consumption, including inclusion of energy requirements in operators' RFPs and RFIs.
LRTV Custom TV
Gigabit Access: The Last-Mile Pipe for All Future Services

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


A Gigabit access platform being deployed today must be able to deliver all types of services to an increasing number of devices. A non-blocking architecture is necessary to support the ever-increasing growth in bandwidth demand. The Huawei Gigabit access solution is based on a distributed design that is fully scalable to deliver a unprecedented performance.
LRTV Custom TV
Key Factors to Successfully Deploy an SD-WAN Service

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


As service providers transition their SD-WAN solution from trials and limited deployments into production at large scale, there are important considerations to successfully operationalize these solutions and realize their full potential, without adding complexity, introducing uncertainty or disrupting current business operations. Sunil Khandekar, CEO and Founder ...
LRTV Custom TV
IoT Solutions: Rational Exuberance

6|19|17   |     |   (0) comments


IoT solutions are morphing from hype into viable business opportunities. Huawei has the platform and ecosystem support to help carriers successfully address new business opportunities in the IoT space.
LRTV Custom TV
Realizing ICN as a Network Slice for Mobile Data Distribution

6|19|17   |     |   (1) comment


Network slicing in 5G allows the potential introduction of new network architectures such as Information-centric Networks (ICN) as a slice, managed over a shared pool of compute, storage and bandwidth resource. Services over an ICN slice can benefit from many architectural features such as Name Based Networking, Security, Multicasting, Multi-homing, Mobility, ...
LRTV Interviews
Ovum's Mike Roberts on 5G Uptake

6|19|17   |   04:08   |   (0) comments


Mike Roberts, research director for Ovum's service provider markets group, explains why he has boosted his 5G subscriptions forecast.
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Hubbard on Intersection of SD-WAN & MPLS

6|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Rick Hubbard, SVP of Network Product Management for AT&T Business Solutions, discusses how AT&T's approach to SD-WAN fits in with its overall virtualization strategy, explains how SD-WAN can improve enterprise customers' use of the cloud and addresses the intersection of SD-WAN and MPLS.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Keep Connected IoT Devices Under Control With Allot

6|15|17   |     |   (0) comments


Allot AVP of International Pre-Sales, Daniel Keidar, explains how communications service providers can protect infrastructure and service availability from flooding attacks caused by malfunctioning or bot-infected devices connected to their network.
Upcoming Live Events
October 18, 2017, Colorado Convention Center - Denver, CO
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 1, 2017, The Montcalm Marble Arch
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
Netflix's Lesson in Culture Expectation Settings
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
No Imagination: UK Chip Biz Goes Up for Sale
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2017
Kalanick Steps Down as Uber CEO
Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 6/21/2017
Buy American: Will It Affect the Telecom Sector?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/21/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
Following a recent board meeting, the New IP Agency (NIA) has a new strategy to help accelerate the adoption of NFV capabilities, explains the Agency's Founder and Secretary, Steve Saunders.
One of the nice bits of my job (other than the teeny tiny salary, obviously) is that I get to pick and choose who I interview for this slot on the Light Reading home ...
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.