Martin calls off FCC vote

4 Nov 2008

Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has decided to call off a vote on call transfer rates despite opposition from his fellow commissioners, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Martin had submitted a controversial proposal to revise the system under which telcos pay each other for transferring calls, and his proposals were scheduled to be discussed by the five-member commission today. The FCC’s other commissioners have been pushing for the matter to be opened up for public consultation and wanted the FCC vote to be postponed until next month. Martin has now pulled the proposals from the agenda altogether, however, saying: ‘I recognise that few other issues before the Commission are as technically complex and involved, with many competing interests. But neither of those two realities are an excuse for inaction.’ His fellow commissioners issued a joint statement which read: ‘We remain committed to fulfilling our obligation to tackle these difficult issues, and have set forth a reasonable path for completing comprehensive reform.’