Not Just A Famous Name At The Fcc

Mike Powell's strong ties to Capitol Hill are giving him clout

Last June, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael K. Powell and a top aide were wrestling with a dispute that the FCC had been unable to resolve for a decade. Under court order, the agency had to make a decision within a few weeks, yet it remained split. That's when Powell pulled some slides out of his desk drawer and showed them around. They were X-rays of his broken pelvis from a 1987 accident that had left his life hanging by a thread. "That was hard," he said. "This is not."

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