FCC Update: Martin Can’t Find The Votes To Hit Cable; Late-Night Meeting Ends In Compromise

Updated: The FCC meeting postponed twice this morning finally wound up tonight with a compromise. Details below.

Rather than wind up on the wrong end of a vote, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has postponed the commission’s monthly public meeting. Martin had included an item in Tuesday’s agenda that would have given the FCC greater ability to regulate cable operators. But he couldn’t convince the two colleagues needed to make a majority to go along, not even his two fellow Republican commissioners. The 9:30 a.m. meeting was postponed first until 11 a.m., and then indefinitely.

Multichannel News: Martin is now willing to pull the item that would have triggered the change — a finding of 70 percent penetration by cable. Martin told reporters: “I had suggested to the commissioners after talking to them,