FCC Chairman Martin to Step Down Jan. 20

U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday he is resigning from the agency effective Jan. 20, the day President-elect Barack Obama is to take office.

The resignation was expected as Obama, a Democrat, takes over from President Bush, who appointed Martin to the chairmanship in 2005.

Martin, a former attorney for the Bush-Cheney campaign, served on the commission for eight years, the last four as chairman. Obama reportedly plans to name Julius Genachowski, who was technology adviser to his presidential campaign, as the next chairman.

After leaving the FCC, Martin will become a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan policy organization in Washington, D.C.

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