FCC’s Martin Going to National Show


Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin is planning on attending the National Show in Atlanta in early April, but his event schedule is still being arranged, an agency official said Wednesday.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s annual confab, which runs April 9-11, usually includes an appearance by the FCC chairman, regardless of the political climate.

Martin made news at the National Show last year in San Francisco, when he said Congress would need to pass a law to regulate cable for indecency. Since those remarks, he has pressured cable operators to offer family tiers or more a la carte options for consumers concerned about monthly fees and indecent content.

Last November, Martin revealed that he has secretly ordered FCC staff to revise the agency’s November 2004 a la carte report to Congress to show that per-channel offerings could save cable consumers money without causing them to lose access to their favorite channels.