The Loser? The votes are in. The emails and faxes have been tabulated. And here’s the “winner” of the “award” for the: “WORST FCC Chairman in Modern History” Current Chairman Kevin Martin(et) And the runner-up is: Former Chairman Heedless Hundt For the record, the public servant voted: “BEST FCC Chairman in Modern History” Former Chairman Michael Powell Honorable mentions—for best—includes everyone listed (except Martin, but including Hundt). Ranking them puts Dick Wiley 2nd, James Quello 3rd, Al Sikes 4th and Bill Kennard 5th. No other Chairman received a “worst” vote. And, for the record, Martin got 73% of the votes (so far—if the tallies shift later, I’ll let you know). Random Notes


  • This Year’s CableFAX 100? Are you on the list? You’ll find out (along with me) in New York Tuesday the 12th during a special NBCU sponsored luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Manhattan Ballroom… great way to start off the Holiday Celebrations.
  • A Poll Caveat: The voting for the FCC luminaries was hardly scientific… but one respondent really thought about it and sent along his (it was a he, a lawyerly he) criteria… I like ’em: (1) Honesty/openness in establishment of policies; (2) Relationship with FCC staff/fellow Commissioners; (3) Relationship with Congress; and (4) Substantive policies. Would that it were so.
  • Next Poll? Worst Commission in this Administration? Had a half dozen suggestions that we should do that next week. But, upon reflection, why get into politics at all? Around here, we assiduously avoid such a thing!
  • Anybody Ahead in Iowa? Besides Mediacom that is. Going to a caucus? If so, let us know about the experience…

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