Talk:Michael Powell (lobbyist)

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As the chairman of the FCC, Powell has led from his long-stated philosophy of less government regulation of telecom.

Mobile Number Portability was planned and implemented while Powell was chairman of the FCC. The move was quite possibly the biggest regulatory measure imposed on telecommunicatiosn since AT&T's divestiture in 1982.

Mobile number portability forces a cell phone provider to give a number in its system to a competitor within minutes at the customer's request.

Imagine the outcry if someone wanted to take thier mailing address from someone in Las Vegas to somewhere in Miami. Or in a more comparable analogy, imagine if someone wanted to take their URL domain name to a competitor. Or imagine if someone wanted to take their IP address from one ISP to another.

IP addresses, as well as physical addresses, are assigned in a logical manner, i.e. context provides enough information to narrow down a particular node within a physical (in a network sense) domain. FQDNs (which actually are transferrable) are not logically assigned, but are rather assigned as a "front-end" to a particular IP. Therefore, your analogy is false.

This article seems like it needs a general rewrite. Some of the stuff, such as the statement at the top of the discussion page, seem blatantly false. Others, such as the description of Powell's accident, are way too graphic and detailed (and probably quite a bit exaggerated). It's also a bit sparse on facts, including the controversy between him and Howard Stern.

Forgot to add the fact that as Commissioner, Powell did not recuse himself and was a key vote in approving the multibillion dollar AOL-Time Warner Merger. Powell's father Colin was a member of the board of directors at the time the merger was approved. His family made millions on the transaction

This is a case of "DOUBLE THINK"[edit]

Someone better change this to reflect something of at least a slighly less bias nature. Powell is a lobby-boy appointi of the telecom industry.

Broadcast cross-ownership rules[edit]

Shouldn't this article mention the 3-2 defeat of Powell's proposed cross-ownership rules in 2003 after the receiving of an unprecedentedly large number of public comments? (The FCC had at first tried to push the relaxed cross-ownership rules through with only one public hearing.) This was big news and it's as if it never happened from reading this article. Badagnani 09:27, 25 June 2006 (UTC)

Is Michael Powell now working for a Democrat? No.[edit]

Same name, but different guy.

Temporarilly removed odd sentence found after categories[edit]

I temporarilly removed the following uncited sentence from the very end of the article.

"Frequent battles with Howard Stern led howard to Sirius Satellite Radio. 2006 - Rumored to be a replacement for Paul Tagliabue as NFL Football commissioner"

It was strangely typed in after the category section with no citations for verification. If either or both of the above statements can be verified through references, feel free to reinsert them into an appropriate section of the article with citation. Dugwiki 17:54, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

Is Michael Powell a politician or a former FCC Chairman?[edit]

Try as I might, I can't find any reference in the article to Michael Powell's political career. Wouldn't Michael Powell (FCC) be a more appropriate heading? --—Preceding unsigned comment added by Cathandler (talkcontribs)

Maybe. But he certainly seems to have politicized his office while there. Badagnani 07:59, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

All chairmen of independent US agencies are appointed by the president, as are all cabinet secretaries. It's the nature of the job that they are political. -- Taxcheat

By that standard, then, why does current FCC Chairman Kevin Martin have (FCC) instead of (politician) in the heading? --—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Weasel Words Galore[edit]

This article really needs to be fixed. Although the above poster may not have used proper spelling or grammar to articulate his point (no offense!), this needs to be changed. Article is now flagged.

Schaver 07:09, 12 June 2007 (UTC)Andy

Would you please explain, in detail, exactly what passages you are referring to? Badagnani 07:11, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject class rating[edit]

This article was automatically assessed because at least one article was rated and this bot brought all the other ratings up to at least that level. BetacommandBot 23:52, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Non-neutral article content?[edit]

Despite having been reviewed and edited by a significant number of contributors, the article still carries with it a non-neutral tone; far too much irrelevant information and trivia throughout the article, very little mention of ("Early life and accident" part completely unsourced; "Powell was riding in a jeep at the time. Due to heavy rain, the jeep crashed and Powell was ejected from the vehicle. After he hit the pavement, the jeep bounced and crashed down on Powell's midsection. Half of Powell's pelvis had snapped off its rear anchor on the lower spine. In the front, it had ripped free of the cartilage connecting it to its other half. His bladder and urethra were torn and several vertebrae were cracked. After initial attention from German emergency room doctors, Powell was flown to a U.S. Army hospital in Nuremberg. After being stabilized, he was flown to Washington, D.C. and admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where he spent a year in recovery. To this day, his spine is still fused at its base, forcing him to walk with a slight forward pitch." NOBODY CARES. Almost sounds like an excerpt taken from a promotional biography, and Powell's notability is certainly not due to his injury. Other problematic statements follow, though by no means a comprehensive list:

"...where he was initiated into Theta Delta Chi, on an ROTC Scholarship. <- and why is this notable? Unsourced, too.
During his Chairmanship he was invited to speak at the University of California, San Diego on January 26, 2004. The video is available on-line through the University of California, and is titled: FCC's Michael Powell: Charting the Future of the Telecom Industry.[2] In the talk Powell spoke about the process of effecting change in Washington. He also spoke about Ultra-wideband and speculated on the effect it would have on telecommunications. <- Advertisement much?
The entire On-air Confrontation with Howard Stern on KGO Radio section, whose only source is a "youtube vide[sic]" and its significance is not justified.
"He said that he was glad to spend more time with his wife." <- ...
Michael Powell, then-chairman of the FCC, was quick to order an investigation into the half-time show.

I added NPOV for the lack of a better template (to my knowledge). His portrait is also displayed on The_Howard_Stern_Show and Super_Bowl_XXXVIII_halftime_show_controversy, both with the caption "Michael Powell, then-chairman of the FCC, was quick to order an investigation into the half-time show.". Why do we need a picture of this guy on articles where his name isn't even mentioned otherwise?

Maybe it's just me, but that appears to be blatant advertisement. Maybe we could rewrite this to be less... promotional, and actually address his significance in a fashion more adherent to MOS:BIO. Doomed Rasher (talk) 01:11, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

It looks like you were the only person to have a problem with how the article is presented, and you didn't make a single edit to the article in over a year, to try to improve it. I don't think there's a real problem here, portraying some of the very human aspects of a human being. If you had a Jeep land on you and smash your body, and you came back from that, I think you would say that this is notable aspect of your life. For you to say "Nobody cares" is just rude. So, that's why I'm removing the flag you put on this man's article. Wacomshera (talk) 16:46, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Michael Powell (lobbyist)/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

The article is riddled with weasel words and bias; needs a serious look before being rated about "Start." Schaver 06:57, 12 June 2007 (UTC)schaver

Substituted at 18:06, 5 June 2016 (UTC)