Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin laid out some of the FCC’s goals for 2007, which include increasing competition in the multichannel video program distribution market and reform of the universal service fund (USF) program. Citing the FCC’s recent order on video franchising, in which municipal governments were required to issue a decision on new applications for franchise authority within a specified period, Martin said the agency would “continue to be active” in attempting to ease the entry of new operators into the video market, as he pointed to competitive program access as an area of particular concern. With respect to USF reform, Martin said the FCC would review its decision, handed down last year, to broaden the USF contribution base and would act on upcoming recommendations from the federal-state joint board that concern the management of USF disbursements. Confirming that the FCC is also likely to take up the issue of intercarrier compensation this year, Martin cast doubt on whether that topic would be addressed simultaneously with related reforms of the USF system. Admitting “it is helpful to have the Commission address some of these [USF] issues at the same time as intercarrier compensation,” Martin observed: “I don’t think it is tied in a way that you can’t move forward with one without the other.” Asked by reporters what the agency’s view would be on a potential deal between satellite radio operators XM and SIRIUS (rumors of a possible merger have recently received increased attention), the chairman responded that “there’s a prohibition on one entity owning both of those licenses.”