The rumor out of Washington is that the new FCC Chairman will be current commissioner Kevin Martin. Martin is perhaps best known for breaking with Michael Powell on preserving low unbundling rates for local competitors, a decision later overturned by the courts. In reality, he sided with Powell on most issues, although in style and personality, he’s a different person. Kevin graduated the year before me from Harvard Law School.
Supposedly, the other two open seats on the Commission will be filled by Becky Klein, former chair of the Texas Public Utility Commission, and Earl Comstock, former aid to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.
I don’t have any confirmation for this, but it seems like a very believable possibility. My understanding is that the anouncement could come as early as Monday.