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Thursday, October 16, 2003


Michael Powell and the FCC

"Soldier's Ethic Guides Powell at the FCC"
FCC Chairman Michael Powell is one of the most widely criticized men in Washington, faulted by Republicans, Democrats, conservatives and liberals, feminists, gun owners, big media companies, columnists and lawyers. By digging in and sticking to his policy prescriptions, Powell is following the advice of one of his closest confidants: his father, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. Both men have been shaped by their experiences in the military. Chairman Powell says he tries not to take the criticism personally. "You can't know us if you don't know the soldier's ethic," he says.

"FCC Chairman Explains 'Sideshow'"
"The pace of technical innovation in the telecom industry is much faster than the speed at which regulators can set up rules to ensure fair competition among carriers. At least, that's the view embraced by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Michael Powell. 'If you think the regulatory system can keep pace with Moore's Law, you're drinkin' something,' Powell told the United States Telecom Association (USTA) annual conference ..."


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