- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell will take the helm of the cable industry’s top trade group.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association said Tuesday that Powell will become its new president and chief executive, effective April 25.

Powell was nominated as a member of the FCC by President Bill Clinton and sworn in in November 1997. He was named chairman by President George W. Bush in January 2001 and served in that role until April 2005.

Powell is currently a senior adviser with investment firm Providence Equity Partners and honorary co-chair of Broadband for America, an industry group that lobbies on telecom issues and counts cable giant Comcast Corp. as a member.

He replaces outgoing NCTA president Kyle McSlarrow, who is joining Comcast/NBC Universal as head of the company’s Washington operations.

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