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SBCA Congratulates Commissioner Martin on Appointment as FCC Chairman

WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2005 – The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA) today released a statement following President Bush’s announcement to designate Commissioner Kevin J. Martin as head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“SBCA congratulates Commissioner Martin on this appointment and we look forward to our continued relationship with him in this new capacity,” said SBCA President Richard DalBello.  “Commissioner Martin has long been a proponent of consumer access to innovative services and has consistently encouraged the implementation of satellite services, including television, radio and broadband, to rapidly integrate advances in technology.”
Martin will replace the current chairman, Michael Powell, who announced in January his plans to step down this month. Powell served as chairman for the last four years.

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