Posts By Michael Powell

On the Importance of ‘Regulatory Humility’

Originally posted in CNET on July 20th, 2015 as part of its “20 Years of Tech.” In the Broadway musical “Rent,” there’s a song titled “525,600 Minutes” that asks poignantly: How do you measure a year in your life (“in daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee”). It is interesting to consider what serves […]

How We’re Changing the Stereotype of the Cable Guy

Originally posted on LinkedIn Pulse on June 8th, 2015 The cable industry faces many challenges, but most of them provide exciting opportunities to remake the industry for the Digital Age and better serve the changing desires of consumers. That transformation is now underway. We continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible over our networks, […]

Why We Are Appealing The FCC’s Title II Decision

Today, NCTA filed a Petition for Review of the FCC’s February 26, 2015 order which reclassified broadband Internet service as a public utility, or telecommunications service, under Title II of the Communications Act. We filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. So why are we appealing? It has nothing to do […]

I Support Net Neutrality, But That’s Not What The FCC Just Did

Originally published by CNET on February 27th, 2015 The Federal Communications Commission just approved one of the most expansive regulatory actions in the agency’s history. In one stroke, the commission has tainted its independence, radically departed from a decades-old bipartisan national policy of not regulating the Internet and expansively broadened its regulatory power without direction from […]

Empty Promises: Rate Regulation is Not Dead Yet

FCC Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to regulate the Internet under Title II regulation is a radical shift in policy that will subject Internet access providers to significant and onerous regulation and could well depress investment and innovation. As we learn more of the details, the weight of this impending action becomes more troubling. In the massive […]

Don’t Shackle the Internet

Originally published by USA TODAY on February 9th, 2015, featured as an “Opposing View” to the USA Today editorial Net Neutrality is No Government Takeover The Title II public utility approach is the worst possible way to go. USA TODAY may call this an “opposing view,” but I agree that we can and should enact strong new […]

The FCC Is Stuck in the Past When Regulating the Internet

For most of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission has been debating rules to protect the open Internet. The key question is whether the agency should adopt streamlined, modern rules based on the FCC’s general power to promote the broadband Internet market or to reclassify the Internet under archaic public utility rules called Title II. Lately, […]

Why Diversity Needs to Be More Than a Slogan

Once a year, the cable industry stops and as a community, collects in New York City to address diversity. We hold workshops and fundraisers, host speakers and event series. We do this because as an industry we know that our products and our way of doing business can only be improved when diverse teams, leaders, […]

I Took The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Earlier this week, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn challenged me to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I gladly accepted! Take a look at my video and visit the ALS website to learn more about why awareness of this disease is so important. Who’s next? I challenge my good friend MC Hammer, Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., and […]

What Do All Good Leaders Have in Common?

Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse on August 12th, 2014.  Leadership is a heavily trod topic. A search on Amazon for leadership books will yield over 22,000 results. Why so many books? Is the topic really that complex? I think the answer is that while there are natural-born leaders, true leadership prowess derives from experience (and many experiences […]