FCC Chairman Michael Powell Stepping Down
Michael K. Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commisssion, has informed President Bush that he is resigning and will leave his post in March. The FCC regulates telephone and other communications technologies as well as broadcast services. He may be best remembered for his role in handling the issue of broadcast indecency, especially the Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" incident and the fines against Howard Stern and other "shock jocks."
Powell supported expansion of communications technologies that we all use, including local number portability when you change cell phone plans. He also encouraged affordable, accessible broadband services for everyone by 2007.
There is no immediate word on a successor.