Powell has intimate knowledge of federal communications issues, having been chairman of the FCC from 2001 through 2005. He is the son of Colin Powell, the former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After leaving the FCC, the younger Powell has co-chaired Broadband for America, which works to increase broadband Internet access.
He is a senior adviser to Providence Equity Partners and sits on the boards of AOL Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.