The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously approved the nominations of Kevin Martin and John Kneuer to lead the FCC and NTIA, respectively.
The Senate Commerce Committee today unanimously reported out the nominations of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and John Kneuer, nominee to head the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
The nominees were approved following an off-the-floor markup held this morning after the first vote on the Senate floor.
The nominees now await consideration by the full Senate.
Martin, the designated chairman of the FCC, is after a second five-year term. Kneuer is the acting head of the NTIA, an office within the Commerce Department.
Martin got the committee nod despite charges by Committee member Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) last week that the FCC had suppressed staff studies that seemed to undermine Martin’s goal of relaxing broadcast ownership restrictions.