The Wall Street Journal is reporting that US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Michael Powell, will be leaving his position today.
The rumours of his departure have been circulating for a long time, but what is unexpected is that he is resigning the day after George Bush’s inauguration.
Powell has had his detractors and his supporters. He’s acted as a liberaliser – opening up the VoIP market, and, in some peoples eyes, a restrictor – last year he authorised fines in excess of $7.7 million for indecent programming.
He will, for us, for ever be remembered for calling a TiVo “God’s machine“.
Overall we think he’s been an enthusiastic supporter of technology advances. We hope his replacement will show a similar enthusiasm.