Ex-FCC chief to lead cable group

Former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell will become the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the group announced Tuesday. 

Powell succeeds Kyle McSlarrow, who joined NCTA in 2005 and is leaving for a Washington-based executive role at Comcast, NCTA's largest member company. Powell will begin in late April. 

Powell served as FCC chairman under President George W. Bush after serving as a commissioner. Before that, he was chief of staff in the antitrust division of the Justice Department. 

Powell is a senior advisor with Providence Equity Partners and an honorary co-chairman of Broadband for America. He is the son of former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell congratulated Powell for the appointment. "His intellect and vision will serve NCTA and its members well as the cable industry faces increasing competitive and regulatory challenges," McDowell said.