LAS VEGAS - Some of us had to leave Las Vegas to return to snowier parts of the country before Federal Communications Chairman Kevin Martin took the stage at CES 2009 on Saturday, but by many accounts, Martin didn't act at all like a government administrator whose days are numbered with a new President in town. There has been much speculation that Martin could be replaced as FCC Chairman imminently (or even sooner!) by someone more to the liking of President-elect Barack Obama, but the agency's leadership post is one position that Obama transition team hasn't tinkered with yet, and Martin reportedly is committed to stay until his term is up in about two years.
That's unlikely to happen, and Martin may have been just playing coy with the CES crowd. The often-embattled FCC leader was typically critical of the cable TV industry, alleging that cable TV providers are slowing the integration of traditional TV and over-the-top video. He also took issue with Obama's request that Congress postpone the digital TV transition deadline.
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