Bush clears org topper for five more years

WASHINGTON – Minus any fanfare, Federal Communications Commission chair Michael Powell on Monday commenced his second term, which runs all the way to 2007.

When Powell took the top post in January 2001, the term he assumed was set to expire last Sunday, so President Bush made sure to clear Powell for another five years.

“We have many challenging issues ahead of us in very challenging times, and I look forward to working with my fellow FCC commissioners, Congress and the administration in the years ahead to make significant progress in serving the public in all aspects of telecommunications,” Powell said.

Generally speaking, Powell has enjoyed widespread support. The going has been a bit rougher in recent months due to the fierce debate over media consolidation.

Some believe Powell is all too eager to deregulate; opposing forces think he’s moving too slowly.

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