Broadband People Column: Powell and Ford Head Up ‘Broadband for America’

Broadband's Impact, Premium Content December 11th, 2009

, Reporter,

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2009 – Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell and former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., have been named honorary co-chairs of Broadband for America, a coalition of more than 110 member companies and organizations that are say they are working to increase broadband penetration across the nation.

Powell, a Republican who was nominated to the agency by former President Bill Clinton to the FCC, “has played a significant part in defining and understanding the role broadband Internet plays in every segment of our society,” according to the Broadband for America’s weekly newsletter. Powell is currently a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners.

Ford is a former five-term member of Congress from the state of Tennessee who served on the House Budget, Financial Services, and Education and the Workforce Committees. Ford is currently the chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.

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