Ex-FCC Chairman Michael Powell Named To Head NCTA
March 16, 2011 at 4:04 AM (PT)
Former FCC Commissioner MICHAEL POWELL has been named the new Pres./CEO of the NATIONAL CABLE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION, starting APRIL 25th. POWELL, who has been working as Senior Adviser with PROVIDENCE EQUITY PARTNERS and as a co-chair of anti-Net-neutrality group BROADBAND FOR AMERICA, is replacing KYLE MCSLARROW as head of the cable industry's trade organization; MCSLARROW recently announced that he will be joining COMCAST to pilot its WASHINGTON lobbying operations.
"MICHAEL POWELL is one of the most well respected and influential visionaries in all of telecommunications, and we're so proud to have him join the cable team," said COX COMMUNICATIONS Pres. PATRICK J. ESSER, Chair of the NCTA Board of Directors. "MICHAEL's exemplary record of leadership, deep commitment to public service, and vast insight into public policy make him an ideal fit to lead our industry in WASHINGTON, D.C., as we address the regulatory challenges that lie ahead and continue to help policy makers understand cable's commitment to jobs, investment, and innovation."
"Cable is a dynamic and highly innovative industry, providing cutting edge services and content that Americans love," said POWELL. "The broadband platform the industry has deployed is a critical part of the infrastructure needed to realize our national ambition to be a great nation in the Information Age. I am excited to help lead companies committed not only to their businesses, but to improving U.S. competitiveness and supporting invaluable programs in important areas such as education."