Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell plans to resign today, FCC officials confirmed, ending what has often been a controversial tenure as he tried to push the telecom and media industries into an increasingly deregulated world that some lawmakers, companies, and consumer groups didn't like.

The news, first reported on The Wall Street Journal's Jan. 21 editorial page, was something of a surprise, coming just one day after President Bush's inauguration and with some very hefty issues yet to be dealt with by the FCC. These issues include how to treat burgeoning internet phone services and...

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