Powell taps cable chief

First gov't gig for Ferree

WASHINGTON — Frosh FCC chair Michael Powell on Thursday picked Washington telecom attorney W. Kenneth Ferree to head up the regulatory agency’s cable division.

Announcement came one day after Deborah Lathen submitted her resignation as cable bureau topper, effective May 18. Lathen, a political appointment of the former regime, is an active Democrat who took a hiatus from the FCC last year to work on presidential candidate Al Gore’s campaign.

Powell, a Republican tapped by President Bush to lead the FCC, said Ferree is the man for the job due to his legal expertise in the telecommunications arena. A partner at the Washington law firm of Goldberg, Godles, Wiener & Wright, Ferree also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown U. Law School.

The FCC post will be Ferree’s first government gig.

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