Facebook Hires Former FCC Chairman Martin for Access Policy

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Facebook Inc. has hired Kevin Martin, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, to manage policy for the company’s mobile and global access efforts as it seeks to get more people online.

Martin, who had been consulting for the past two years, is joining as Facebook’s vice president for mobile and global access policy, the company said Tuesday. He had been advising the social network on issues such as connectivity, spectrum and mobile.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is spending billions of dollars to help people in developing countries get Internet access, part of his goal of connecting the world’s population through Facebook. The initiative, called Internet.org, is dispatching drones and satellites to spread Web access, which will require working with governments and regulatory agencies.

“Kevin’s deep experience in technology and communications policy, along with his creativity and strategic vision have already proven invaluable to our mission to connect the world and we are thrilled he is joining the Facebook team full-time,” Joel Kaplan, vice president of global public policy, said in a statement.

Facebook also announced today that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will begin serving a dual role as vice president of U.S. Public Policy.