Powell, Ford Named Honorary Co-Chairs Of Broadband For America

Former Republican FCC chairman, Democratic congressman join industry group

Former Republican FCC Chairman Michael Powell and former Democratic congressman and chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council Harold Ford have been named honorary co-chairs of Broadband For America.

Broadband for America comprises cable and phone networks, associations--including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association--advocacy groups and others advocating broadband adoption and getting broadband to unserved areas, particularly via continued private sector investment.

Powell was chairman of the FCC from 2001 to 2005 and a commissioner starting in 1997. "As our country prepares a national broadband plan to bring high-speed Internet to every American," said Powell in a released statement. "it is critical government and the private sector work together. In today's economy, having access to broadband Internet is critical to growing our economy," said Powell.