Powell named to head FCC

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday nominated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael Powell to become chairman of the agency.

In a release issued by the FCC, Powell said he looks forward to working with the new administration, Congress, and his fellow commissioners and the FCC staff on the "important and challenging communications issues facing our nation."

Powell is the son of the new U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who was sworn in on Saturday. Powell has been a commissioner since November 1997, and his nomination to become chairman was expected. If approved by the U.S. Senate, Powell will succeed William Kennard.

Among major issues Powell will face is an internal agency reform effort spearheaded by the new chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. W.J. "Billy" Tauzin (R-La.).

Information on the FCC can be accessed at http://www.fcc.gov/.

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