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Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Heads To Patton Boggs

Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is joining Patton Boggs in early October as co-chair of the law firm's telecommunications policy practice, a spokeswoman said in an interview.

"There is a long and distinguished record of former FCC chairs succeeding in private practice. We have every expectation that Kevin will do that and more," said Stuart M. Pape, managing partner of Patton Boggs, in a statement.

Martin served as a commissioner and then was appointed chairman of the FCC in 2005 by President Bush, five years after he worked as legal counsel for Bush's presidential campaign. He left the agency last January to join the Aspen Institute.

He had a checkered legacy at the FCC, where he was known for his strong but unsuccessful push to bring a la carte pricing to cable television. He drew a Congressional investigation after complaints of mismanagement of the agency and proceedings. Greater consolidation in the telecommunications industry took place under his leadership and the agency failed to establish an interoperable public safety network for emergency responders, as mandated by Congress, during his time.

He will also be remembered for moves he made as the federal agency dealt with the Web's massive disruption of the communications sector. He ruled against Comcast for alleged blocking of a peer-to-peer Web service company, an important marker in a debate over net neutrality rules. He successfully raised more than $20 billion in a radiowave auction for broadband wireless networks and approved conditions for a portion of spectrum that would be open to any devices and applications.

"Because of his tremendous work at the FCC over many years, Kevin has an unparalleled view and vision of the issues that impact communications and technology companies, their investors, and consumers," said Jennifer L. Richter, who will co-chair the firm's technology and communications practice with Martin.

By Cecilia Kang  |  September 29, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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