FCC Chairman Kennard Announces Resignation

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    FCC Chairman William E. Kennard has announced his resignation,
    effective January 19. Kennard, a Democrat, said he leaves the office
    with great pride in the FCC's accomplishments and with deep
    gratitude for having had an opportunity to serve the American
    public.




    Kennard's resignation was expected once the AOL-Time Warner merger
    received FCC approval. That happened January 11. It's been widely
    speculated that President-Elect George W. Bush will name Republican
    FCC commissioner Michael Powell--the son of Secretary of
    State-Designate Gen Colin Powell--to replace Kennard as FCC
    chairman.



    The agency's first African-American chairman, Kennard presided over
    the FCC during a period when the FCC implemented historic
    legislation to bring competition to communications markets. During
    his three-year tenure, Kennard promoted competition and consumer
    choice in the telecommunications marketplace, encouraged the rollout
    of broadband and digital technologies, expanded access to technology
    and streamlined and revamped the FCC.



    In implementing the 1996 Telecommunications Act, Kennard said he
    aimed to create a marketplace where ''monopoly is ended, innovation
    and entrepreneurship are cherished, and consumers have competitive
    choice.''



    Kennard made bridging the Digital Divide a top priority. During his
    tenure, the FCC successfully implemented the E-Rate program, which
    connected 95 percent of the nation's schools and more than one
    million classrooms to the Internet.



    ''We must bring the benefits of the Digital Age to all Americans,''
    said Kennard. ''From the business districts to the barrios, from
    those with every advantage to those with disabilities, from the
    young to the old, from suburban enclaves to the rural heartland.''



    His achievements include establishing a Disabilities Rights Office
    at the FCC, bringing new telephone service to over one million
    low-income Native Americans on tribal lands, and creating a new
    low-power radio service for school, church, and community use.



    For the next few months, Kennard will serve as a senior fellow of
    the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in
    Washington, DC.
     
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