William Kennard

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(lawyer, deep state functionary)
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BornWilliam Earl Kennard
Los Angeles, California
Alma materStanford University, Yale Law School

Employment.png Managing Director

Dates unknown
EmployerThe Carlyle Group

Employment.png Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

In office
November 3, 1997 - January 19, 2001
Preceded byReed Hundt

William Kennard is an American attorney whom Barack Obama nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union (2009–13). Prior to this appointment, Kennard was Managing Director of the Carlyle Group. Bill Clinton chose him as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1997–2001).


The FCC site reports that "As FCC chairman, Kennard promoted the benefits of competition and deregulation worldwide. He pioneered an innovative Development Initiative to assist countries in the developing world to participate more fully in the global information infrastructure... Kennard is well-known for his advocacy for people at risk of being stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide. He aggressively implemented the FCC’s e-rate program by investing over $6 billion to bring the Internet to 95% of K-12 schools and 58,000 libraries in the United States."[1]

As of 2008 William Kennard was a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Communications and Society Program, in Washington, D.C.