In Exit Interview, FCC's Martin Backs Present DTV Date
In one of his final public appearances before leaving the chairmanship of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin Martin told an audience at International CES in Las Vegas that his preference is to avoid a delay in the DTV transition.
Just 10 days prior to the inauguration of Barack Obama as president- and with it, a new FCC chairman- Martin sat down for a one-on-one with Consumer Electronics Association President/CEO Gary Shapiro, a discussion taking place for the third straight year. The discussion also came just three days after Obama's presidential chief wrote a letter proposing a delay in the Feb. 17 DTV transition.
When asked about this proposal, which to which CEA is strongly opposed, Martin said "there are a variety of things Congress can do" that do not involve changing the date, such as waiving the 90-day expiration date for converter box programs, as well as appropriate additional funds to the program and adjust accounting rules.