Report: Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell Up for Big Cable Job

Mar 10, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who is also the son of Colin Powell, is up for a top job in the cable TV industry, reports John Eggerton at B&C.

According to the article, "Multiple Washington sources said Wednesday that former FCC Chairman Michael Powell has emerged as the likely successor to NCTA President Kyle McSlarrow, who is joining Comcast in Washington next month…. Powell is currently chairman of the MKPowell Group and a senior adviser to Providence Equity Partners. One source called Powell’s succession of McSlarrow ‘likely,’ while another said it could be down to deal points. NCTA would not comment on the search, and Powell was not reachable at press time."

According to the NCTA’s website, "The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, formerly the National Cable Television Association, is the principal trade association of the cable industry in the United States. Founded in 1952, NCTA’s primary mission is to provide its members with a strong national presence by providing a single, unified voice on issues affecting the cable and telecommunications industry."

In other words, the NCTA is the cable industry’s primarily lobbying group in Washington, D.C. NCTA also runs the largest annual U.S. cable trade show.

Says the B&C article, at the FCC "Powell was a deregulatory chairman who focused on marketplace mechanisms to spread broadband via cable, telephone and even power lines. Powell served as both commissioner and chairman, and before that was chief of staff of the antitrust division at the Justice Department.

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