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Senate reups FCC’s Martin

Chairman confirmed for another five years

In a unanimous floor vote on Friday, the Senate has confirmed Kevin J. Martin for another five-year term as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Martin took over as chairman when Michael Powell resigned in March 2004. The White House renominated him as chairman last April; not long afterward, the Senate Commerce Committee voted 21-0 to approve the renomination.

The Senate floor vote was delayed because of a hold that had been placed on the renomination.

In a statement, Martin said he looks forward to working with the administration and Congress “to ensure that all Americans share in the benefits and opportunities offered by the best communications system in the world.”

“I will continue to work to provide a regulatory environment that promotes competition and drives investment and innovation while protecting consumers and promoting public safety,” he continued.

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