Kennard's FCC legacy: Creative compromise

With the departure of Chairman William Kennard from the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, a controversial era in telecommunications and Internet regulation is drawing to a close.Kennard, who has headed the FCC since late 1997, has served as a lightning rod for criticism from Congress and big business, as he has presided over radical changes in the telecom and Net industries.

With the departure of Chairman William Kennard from the Federal Communications Commission on Friday, a controversial era in telecommunications and Internet regulation is drawing to a close.

Kennard, who has headed the FCC since late 1997, has served as a lightning rod for criticism from Congress and big business, as he has presided over radical changes in the telecom and Net industries. He leaves behind a record of creative compromise, allowing much of the consolidation in the sector to take place, but with conditions that sharply limit the merged companies' actions. Full story--John Borland

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