Washington – Michael Powell, the former chairman of the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has been named the new president and
CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), a trade
association for the U.S. cable television industry.
Powell, currently a senior
advisor with Providence Equity Partners and honorary co-chair of Broadband for
America, headed the FCC from 2001-2005.
In his new role, Powell — the son of
former Secretary of State Colin Powell — will serve as the cable industry’s
top advocate and spokesman, working with Congress, the FCC and other federal
agencies on issues such as broadband access, network neutrality and consumer
He succeeds Kyle McSlarrow, who recently was named the president of
Comcast’s D.C. operations.
The NCTA represents cable operators serving more
than 90% of the nation’s cable TV households, as well as more than 200 cable