The People's Airwaves
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
ON A COLD MARCH morning in 2002, a small group of people gathered outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. They were protesting the aggressively procorporate agenda being put forth by FCC chairman Michael K. Powell, the son of Secretary of State General Colin Powell, himself a board member of media giant America Online until his appointment to the Bush cabinet. 1
Michael Powell's role as chief regulator of the media in the United States includes protection of the public interest. The protesters were reacting to Michael Powell's assertion before an American Bar Association audience on April 5, 1998, when he declared: “The night after I was sworn in, I waited for a visit from the