From the Associated Press

Bob Bruhns bbruhns at
Fri Jan 21 10:05:25 CST 2005

His daddy must have really offended President Cheney.
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  From: Andre Kesteloot 
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  Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 10:04 AM
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  Jan 21, 9:46 AM (ET)

  WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell plans to resign Friday, FCC officials confirmed, ending what's often been a controversial tenure as he tried to push the telecom and media industries into an increasingly deregulated world that some lawmakers, companies and consumer groups didn't like.

  The news, first reported on The Wall Street Journal's editorial page Friday, was something of a surprise coming just one day after President Bush's inauguration and with some very hefty issues yet to be dealt with by the FCC. Those issues include how to treat burgeoning Internet phone services as well as how to overhaul the Universal Service Fund, a federal subsidy program under financial pressure. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones & Co. (DJ) (DJ), publisher of the newswire used for this report.

  Rumors have circulated for months that Powell, who has been on the FCC since President Clinton appointed him as a commissioner seven years ago, would step down. Recent conventional wisdom had him leaving in the spring after at least some of these issues were dealt with.

  The FCC is a five-member commission, with a majority representing the party of the president, in this case, Republicans. Possible successors discussed have included current Republican Commissioner Kevin Martin.


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