After a speedy rise through the ranks of the Washington legal establishment, Kevin J. Martin became the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in March.

Over the course of his career, Martin has participated in many of the major legal battles waged on Capitol Hill, from his work for the Whitewater independent counsel to the FCC’s struggle to regulate in the digital age. During his tenure as chairman of the FCC, Martin will face some pressing dilemmas: deciding how to classify the range of new technologies in the telecommunications spectrum, how to regulate decency standards for media outlets and how to continue the Universal Service program, which aims to bring telecommunications services to poor and remote locations.

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