Michael K. Powell is President and CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. In his current role, he leads one of the largest trade associations in Washington, D.C., representing the communications and content industries.
Mr. Powell is a former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He was appointed to the Commission by President Bill Clinton in 1997 and appointed Chairman by President George W. Bush in 2001, serving until 2005.
During his time as FCC head, Chairman Powell oversaw the rapid transformation of communications markets into the Digital Age. During his tenure, the Internet came into widespread commercial use, as did smart phones, Wi-Fi networks, and satellite radio.
Prior to his time at the FCC, Chairman Powell served with distinction in other public-sector positions. He served as Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense, and as an armored cavalry officer in the U.S. Army.
In the private sector, Chairman Powell practiced law and was a senior advisor in a private equity firm. He also served on the public boards of Cisco and AOL.
Chairman Powell serves on several nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees, Chairman of the William & Mary Foundation Board, and Vice Chairman of America’s Promise Alliance.
Chairman Powell received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William & Mary and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from William & Mary and Pepperdine University.