• 01/28/2005
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Michael Powell Resigns From FCC

FCC Chairman Michael Powell leaves the telecom industry better than he found it, having helped foster quick growth in broadband, VoIP and wireless services.
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Likewise, the FCC has encouraged the nationwide rollout of commercial VoIP services by exempting them from telco regulations. To make way for new wireless services, Powell has advocated a more liberal allocation of the unlicensed radio spectrum to commercial providers, though this could lead to interference problems.

Next up for the FCC: an overhaul of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which quickly became outdated as new services emerged. Powell preferred to take a slow approach to such sweeping legislative matters; his successor will have four years to make a mark.

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