Powell Ponders His Future
September 20, 2004

Saying at a press conference last week regarding his future, "I serve at the pleasure of the president," 41 year-old FCC chairman Michael Powell didn't really clearly indicate that he sees his future in the post he's held for nearly four years should President Bush be re-elected, leaving friend and foe to wonder if a political run for the Virginia governor's office (he's a resident of VA) or perhaps a judgeship could be in his future.

One unnamed broadcast industry lobbyist, who asked not to be named, told HispanicBusiness.com that Powell's political aspirations "are so transparent."

On the other hand, Ray Gifford, president of the Progress & Freedom Foundation, a Washington D.C. group that focuses on technology policy told the Hispanic website, "I think he would be a terrific judge."

And still yet, Powell critics such as Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation of America, say Powell should just vacate his chairmanship because of his failures.

"He has been promoting high-cost, high capacity policies that serve the Mercedes-Benz class, but leaves the rest of America behind," said Cooper.

One thing is for sure though, Powell calls any and all speculation about his future, "premature," and has stated on the record that he would want to continue heading the FCC should Bush win re-election.

Regardless of where Powell will be after the November general election, issues such as his previous relaxed position on the concentration of media ownership and the yet-to-be-announced fine against CBS for the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during last year's Super Bowl half-time broadcast, aimed at "cleaning up" the broadcast industry, will certainly be elements of a legacy to be debated for years to come.

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