FCC Chief May Not Have Votes to Curb Cable

Martin is struggling for majority of 5-member commission
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 12:53 PM CST
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin speaks during a hearing on localism, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at the FCC headquarters in Washington. Federal regulators on Wednesday, Oct....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – FCC chief Kevin Martin may not have the votes he needs to initiate regulation of the cable industry, reports the New York Times. Martin has scheduled a vote for tomorrow to approve a formal finding that the cable industry has grown too big, which would give the commission power to step in. Democrat Jonathan Adelstein, one of the commission's five members, has switched sides, saying more time is needed before the vote.

“There is a manic attempt to finish an aggressive number of controversial decisions on short notice,” says Adelstein. Groups in favor of regulation suspect Adelstein of being “more friendly to cable companies than he will admit,” said a consumer advocate. Lobbying has been intense since Martin signaled his intention to support the finding earlier this month.