Rural telcos and cable TV firms (often the very same company) should continue to have an influential friend in Washington, D.C., for the next five years. Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein was nominated by President Bush for a new five-year term with the FCC, a nomination celebrated by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, the rural telecom lobbying group that sees Adelstein as a protector and campaigner for rural issues and companies. Adelstein has been a proponent of improving rural broadband and an ardent critic of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's cable reform plans, which would have harshly affected small town cable companies.
- see this article in Telephony
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