Michael Powell: Apple TV Should Come to Cable The Paley Center for Media - Paley Center for Media Former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Michael K. Powell in conversation at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. Powell began his tenure as president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) on April 25, 2011. He was nominated as a member of the FCC by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He was designated by President George W. Bush as FCC Chairman in January 2001, serving in that role until April 2005. During Powell’s tenure at the FCC, the Commission oversaw tremendous change and marketplace growth in the telecommunications sector. Powell worked to bring FCC regulations into the 21st Century and to recognize the move of voice, video, and data technologies away from limited analog platforms to powerful digital applications that bring more value to the public. He focused on initiatives to encourage market-driven solutions that promote consumer interests. He also supported new methods of deploying advanced services through technologies that would expand affordable broadband options to all Americans regardless of their geography."