FCC Chairman to Join Aspen Institute

Outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell will join the Aspen Institute as a senior fellow for three months, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group announced Friday.

Powell, who is leaving the FCC after having served on the commission since 1997, will advise the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program on leadership, communications policy and program activities and operations.

“Michael Powell exemplifies the type of leader that the Aspen Institute seeks to attract to our various program and leadership activities,” Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson said in a statement. “He will add an important perspective to planning our non-partisan forums in communications and information policy — and beyond.”

Powells predecessors, former FCC chairmen Reed Hundt and William Kennard, also joined the Aspen Institute upon leaving the agency.

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