Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Michael Kevin Powell is an American Republican former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and current (As of 25 April 2011&#160) president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). He was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by President Bill Clinton on 3 November 1997. President George W. Bush designated him chairman of the commission on January 22, 2001.
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Al Jazeera America sports doping report puts hard-won respect at risk - Washington Times
Google News - about 1 year
Washington Times Al Jazeera America sports doping report puts hard-won respect at risk Washington Times Visitors wait in the lobby of Al Jazeera America after the network's first broadcast on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 in New York. The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera Media Network launched its U.S. outlet only eight months after announcing the new venture, which ... Bet on Peyton in defamation suit: ColumnUSA TODAY Derek Jeter's former trainer, Jason Riley, linked to key figure in Al Jazeera ...New York Daily News NY Times' Michael Powell On Al Jazeera Doping Report: 'There's Something Going On'CBS Local NJ.com -Huffington Post -NBCSports.com all 61 news articles »
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What Comcast Doesn't Want You to Know About Data Caps
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Comcast wants you to believe that it's just playing fair in its latest push to control the Internet. Last week the cable-Internet colossus expanded its plan to impose unnecessary broadband-usage caps on Comcast users in cities across the South. Comcast spokesman Charlie Douglas told the Associated Press that caps "introduce some more fairness" into the way Internet users pay for data. Comcast customers who exceed a monthly 300 Gigabyte usage cap will have additional fees tacked onto their monthly bill. Photo: Free Press That's a bitter pill to swallow for the millions of Comcast customers who've already seen bills for the company's cable bundle rise at many times the rate of inflation. Those hoping to save costs by cutting cable television altogether now face a Comcast-imposed scheme to choke out the popular trend of watching TV over the Internet. No Congestion Here In documents leaked onto reddit last week, Comcast instructs its customer service representativ ...
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NCTA's Michael Powell Says Cable Industry's Reputation Contributed to Public Policy Defeats (Ted Johnson/Variety)
Mediagazer - almost 2 years
Ted Johnson / Variety: NCTA's Michael Powell Says Cable Industry's Reputation Contributed to Public Policy Defeats  —  CHICAGO — Michael Powell, the CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Assn., said that the cable industry is “highly conscious” that defeats in some recent major public policy fights are in part due to its reputation with customers.
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Review: 'The Tales of Hoffman'
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
Inconceivable without their international success with "The Red Shoes" three years earlier, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's audacious screen version of the Jacques Offenbach operetta "The Tales of Hoffmann" came out in 1951. The following spring Hollywood's company picnic, also known as...
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‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ Newly Restored, Opens at Film Forum
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 film shows off Moira Shearer’s dancing much better than “The Red Shoes” did.
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Michael Powell: Stop the Internet Iron Curtain
USA Today - about 2 years
Reclassification of the Internet would put permission slips before innovation.           
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Glenn Greenwald Among Four To Win Polk Award For Snowden Stories
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of The Washington Post will receive the award for national security reporting for stories based on secret documents leaked by Snowden, a former intelligence analyst. The awards were announced Sunday by Long Island University. Journalists who wrote about massive traffic jams caused by bridge lane closures in New Jersey, a catastrophic garment factory collapse in Bangladesh and the struggles of a homeless family in Brooklyn also will be among those honored. The Polk Awards were created in 1949 in honor of CBS reporter George W. Polk, who was killed while covering the Greek civil war. This year's awards will be given out April 11. Kimberly Dozier of The Associated Press ...
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Why Janet Jackson's Nipple Still Matters
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's been 10 years since Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the Super Bowl in front of millions of CBS viewers, yet anyone who owned a television in 2004 can remember the night that a nipple (half) shown on television for 9/16ths of a second made the United States go batsh*t crazy. Behold, the effect of the naked female body. In case anyone needs a refresher, Jackson and Justin Timberlake were performing a set during the Super Bowl's halftime show. As Timberlake finished singing the words "better have you naked by the end of this song," he reached over and grabbed Jackson's leather and red-lace bustier cup, revealing her breast before she covered it with her hand. Unfortunately for Janet Jackson, her jewelry-covered nipple would set off a wave of mass hysteria -- now known as "Nipplegate" -- that would taint her image, all-but ban her from the Grammys, permanently embed the term "wardrobe malfunction" into our lexicon and force CBS to pay a $550,000 fine to th ...
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Janet Jackson's Nip Slip And The History Of The Wardrobe Malfunction (NSFW-ish)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Feb. 1 marks the 10th anniversary of Janet Jackson's nipple. Well, the 47th anniversary of her nipple, but the 10th anniversary of the reveal of said nipple on a national stage -- the Superbowl XXXVIII controversy that Jackson's spokesperson Stephen Huvane described as "a malfunction of the wardrobe." While singing the line “gonna have you naked by the end of this song," Justin Timberlake tore at Jackson's bustier, supposedly intending to leave her red lace bra intact. A decade later, speculation remains as to whether or not the whole thing was intentional. The incident sparked a legal battle between CBS and the FCC (who thought the performance a basic disregard of "common decency") that culminated with a fine of $550,000. "Clearly somebody had knowledge of it. Clearly it was something that was planned by someone," Michael Powell, then FCC Chairman, said at the time. "She probably got what she was looking for." var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playLis ...
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Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION
Huffington Post - about 3 years
For the past ten years, since then-FCC Chairman Michael Powell introduced the four Internet Freedoms, we have lived in a de facto net neutrality state. Sure, there have been bumps in the road where corporate overreach temporarily compromised some service offerings, in limited instances. But in those handful of cases, regulators and our system of American jurisprudence stepped in, and, ultimately, the public Interest prevailed. In my lifetime, substantial parts of the Internet have never been outright blocked, and the Net has been and will continue to be neutral (a very strange phrase, I might add, for such a dynamic ecosystem). What, then, is all the fuss about last week's D.C. Circuit ruling in Verizon v. FCC? The reality is that the decision struck a sort of equilibrium between regulatory and corporate interests, and the net effect is a benefit to consumers. The FCC has unequivocal authority to regulate broadband and Internet service providers in their provision of the same. Wh ...
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Timothy Karr: What's Next for the Open Internet? A Path Forward
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
In the wake of this week's devastating court decision on Net Neutrality, a consensus is emerging as to how the FCC can clean up its mess. On Tuesday a federal appeals court stripped the agency of its ability to stop companies like AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable from blocking websites and degrading Internet access. More and more people are now calling for a specific fix: To protect the open Internet, the FCC must reclassify broadband access as a telecommunications service. The New York Times editorial board wrote on Wednesday that the court decision against the Open Internet Order could turn the Internet into a domain controlled only by powerful corporations: "If this ruling stands, broadband providers would be free to strike deals with companies like Netflix and Apple to pay to have their movies, software and other data streamed to customers faster than or ahead of other content. Such deals would hurt smaller businesses or start-ups that cannot afford to p ...
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Top cable lobbyist urges more ISPs to slap users with data caps
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Do you like being able to stream Netflix movies at home without worrying about going over a monthly broadband cap? Well too bad — National Cable and Telecommunications Association chief Michael Powell wants to take even this simple joy away from you. Multichannel News reports that Powell this week said that he was encouraging more cable companies to start implementing usage caps on their services before cable customers get too comfortable with the idea of limited data. In fact, if there’s one criticism that Powell has of the cable industry it’s that they’re not “moving with some urgency and purpose” toward hitting broadband customers with the same data caps that wireless customers have come to know and love. “I don’t think
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Red Scare on the Campaign Trail
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A specter is haunting New York. It is the specter of a Sandinista in City Hall. Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate for mayor, currently enjoys a 40-point lead over Republican Joe Lhota. You'd think his program would be endlessly analyzed by the press. Yet he has spent the better part of a week contending with gnat-swatting stories about his youth. The bite that had the greatest sting was a report in the New York Times that de Blasio once looked kindly on the Sandinista revolution. The Times has never done a systematic examination of de Blasio's ideas. Instead it has focused on the peripheral aspects of his philosophy. During the primary campaign, the paper of record fearlessly exposed de Blasio's fondness for the Boston Red Sox (anathema to New York Yankee fans). And recently it revealed his affection for an even greater Satan. In 1988, the Times reported, de Blasio visited Nicaragua, liked what he saw there, and worked in a program run by Jesuits. Back then, it seems, he re ...
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Cable Seeks Government Help
The Street - over 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When an industry moves its annual conference to Washington, it wants that to be seen as a sign of strength. Its ability to hire bureaucrats that represent its interests, and get politicians to appear before it, is meant to make opponents fear its might. But tech reporters know this as a sign of market weakness. If you're running to government for help, the market is saying some very bad things. It is wise to ask what those bad things are. This week, the National Cable Television Association was in Washington, paying the big bucks for cramped quarters midway between the White House and the Capitol. The group is now headed by former FCC chairman Michael Powell, and acting chair Mignon Clyburn also spoke. ... Click to view a price quote on NFLX. Click to research the Specialty Retail industry.
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NCTA's Michael Powell defends U.S. broadband efforts
LATimes - over 3 years
WASHINGTON -- The cable industry's top lobbyist defended broadband in the United States against complaints that the country has fallen behind others in terms of speed and innovation.
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Comcast exec insists Americans don’t really need Google Fiber-like speeds
Yahoo News - over 3 years
It seems that cable companies really don’t think that American consumers need 1Gbps Internet services such as those offered by Google Fiber. We’ve already seen both former Time Warner Cable CFO Irene Esteves and National Cable & Telecommunications Association CEO Michael Powell dismiss delivering gigabit connectivity as “an irrelevant exercise in bragging rights,” among other things. And now we have Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen, who has penned an editorial for The Philadelphia Inquirer insisting once again that offering gigabit speeds would be pointless because “most websites can’t deliver content as fast as current networks move, and most U.S. homes have routers that can’t support the speed already available to the home.” Cohen says that once there’s real demand
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Missing mom's diary foreshadows family tragedy
Fox News - almost 4 years
The lead police agency in the investigation of missing Utah mom Susan Powell has said for the first time that investigators believe Josh Powell played a role in killing his wife. Newly released documents from the West Valley City Police Department show Susan Powell had a tumultuous relationship with her husband, Josh Powell. Her journal entries reveal that her dreams of a happy marriage turned into fear. She considered fleeing with her two young boys, but her strong religious faith led her to believe she could save her young family. She disappeared in 2009. She has never been found. Her husband killed their two sons and himself in February 2012. A year later his brother Michael Powell, suspected of helping get rid of Susan Powell's body, killed himself.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Powell
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In April 2012, he contributed an opinion piece to Politico about the importance of cyber threats.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Powell was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. He graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he was initiated into Theta Delta Chi, on an ROTC Scholarship. Powell served as an armor officer in the United States Army. He spent the majority of his active service with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Amberg, Germany, serving as a cavalry platoon leader and troop executive officer. In 1987, Powell was seriously injured during a training mission. He and his unit were traveling in a convoy on the autobahn. Powell was riding in a jeep at the time. Due to heavy rain, the jeep crashed and Powell was ejected from the vehicle. After he hit the pavement, the jeep bounced and crashed down on Powell's midsection. Half of Powell's pelvis had snapped off its rear anchor on the lower spine. In the front, it had ripped free of the cartilage connecting it to its other half. His bladder and urethra were torn and several vertebrae were cracked.
    In 2012, he spoke with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and gave the keynote speech during the industry's Cable Show.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    On March 15, 2011, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced that Powell would take the helm from Kyle McSlarrow, beginning April 25.
    More Details Hide Details Powell will be leaving his advisory role with Providence Equity Partners.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    He served as rector for two terms, stepping down on July 1, 2009.
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  • 2006
    Age 42
    On April 21, 2006, Powell was elected the Rector of the Board of Visitors, making him the first African-American to serve in that post in the College's 313 year history.
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    In March 2006, Powell became a member of the board of trustees, for the RAND Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details He served two terms as a member of the Board of Visitors at his alma mater, the College of William and Mary, from 2002 to 2009.
  • 2005
    Age 41
    Powell resigned as Chairman of the FCC on January 21, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he was glad to spend more time with his wife.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In a notable confrontation over the FCC's local telephone competition rules, Powell was outflanked by Republican Kevin Martin, who formed a majority with the FCC's two Democratic commissioners. Powell was later vindicated by a D.C. Circuit Court decision on March 2, 2004 that struck down Martin's order.
    More Details Hide Details Three months later, the U.S. Supreme Court let the D.C. Circuit decision stand. When Powell resigned, Kevin Martin, who served George W. Bush's presidential campaign in Florida, was named the FCC's new Chairman. Martin has subsequently purged the FCC of many of Powell's staff. While at the FCC, Powell was also the FCC’s Defense Commissioner and oversaw all National Security Emergency Preparedness functions for the Commission.
    During his Chairmanship he was invited to speak at the University of California, San Diego on January 26, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The video is available on-line through the University of California, and is titled: FCC's Michael Powell: Charting the Future of the Telecom Industry. In the talk Powell spoke about the process of effecting change in Washington. He also spoke about Ultra-wideband and speculated on the effect it would have on telecommunications.
  • 1997
    Age 33
    He was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission by President Bill Clinton on 3 November 1997. President George W. Bush designated him chairman of the commission on January 22, 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Powell is the son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma Powell. As the chairman of the FCC, Powell led the charge to open up markets in VoIP, Wi-Fi, and Broadband over Powerline (BPL). His approach believed that these new communications technologies would allow small companies to take on established corporations, and that regulations often stood in the way of progress. His deregulatory policy coincided with a period of significant consolidation in the communications market. He advocated an updating of media ownership rules to reflect new communications technologies such as the Internet, a move that critics derided as increasing rampant media consolidation. He opposed applying telephone-era regulations to new Internet technologies, a move critics charged would deny open access to communications facilities. He articulated a policy of network neutrality, and in March 2005 fined Madison River Communications for blocking voice over IP applications, the first-ever government action of its kind. Powell worked so consumers could keep phone numbers when switching wireless carriers and championed the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • 1963
    Born on March 23, 1963.
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