Facebook hires former FCC chair to add regulatory muscle


Facebook’s latest hire has some serious regulatory experience, which could help the social networking giant as it works to bring free Internet access to more parts of the world.

Kevin Martin, a former Federal Communications Commission chairman, has been named Facebook’s [fortune-stock symbol=”FB”] vice president for mobile and global access policy, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Martin chaired the FCC for four years, starting in 2005 under President George W. Bush, after serving another four years as a commissioner for the federal agency. He left the FCC in 2009 to join the Aspen Institute, a think tank, and he most recently led the telecommunications practice as a partner at law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Martin served as a consultant to Facebook for the past two years, according to Bloomberg, with the former regulator advising on matters related to wireless spectrum and mobile Internet.

Facebook is currently developing its Internet.org initiative, which is…

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