Bill Kennard, the first African-American chairman of the FCC,
is committed to making sure that all Americans - no matter
where they live, what their age, or what special needs they
may have - have access to the technologies that are driving
our economy and shaping our society. Kennard has been called,
"a consumer advocate for the digital age," fighting to protect
consumers in the telecom marketplace and ensuring that they
have the information needed to make the best choices for them
in a competitive marketplace.
E. Kennard was sworn in as Chairman of the FCC on November
7, 1997. His term expires on June 30, 2001. A native of Los
Angeles, Kennard graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University
and received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1981.
Before becoming chairman, Kennard was the FCC's General Counsel,
the Commission's principal legal advisor and representative
in court. Before joining the FCC, Kennard was a partner and
member of the board of directors of the Washington, DC law
firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson, and Hand. Chairman
Kennard is married to Deborah Diane Kennedy of Greenville,
South Carolina. They live in Washington, D.C.
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