Today, the Federal Communications Commission is set to ram through two measures likely to roil the media and telecommunications industries and deepen political dissatisfaction with the agency's chairman.
Kevin Martin, a 41-year-old Republican, has already drawn heavy criticism with his determination to pass a rule making it easier for media companies to own both newspapers and television stations in the top 20 markets. The five-member commission is expected to pass that rule and another saying that no single cable company can serve more than 30% of the nation's cable subscribers.
After perhaps the most tumultuous month of his term, Mr. Martin says he won't be moved and calls his unpopularity a sign that he's getting the job done. "It's actually important for the commission...to try to grapple with decisions and make decisions," he said in an interview yesterday.