Michael Copps Named Acting FCC Chairman
January 22, 2009 at 4:02 PM (PT)
Democratic FCC Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS has been named Acting Chairman after the departure of KEVIN MARTIN, REUTERS reports. Copps, an outspoken critic of consolidation and broadcast indecency, has been with the FCC since 2001.
Multiple sources have reported that technology executive JULIUS GENACHOWSKI will eventually be nominated the next official Chairman. although the dates of his nomination and Congressional sign-off have yet to be determined.
"I am honored to be designated today as Acting Chairman of the FCC," COPPS said. "I thank President OBAMA for his confidence in me and for this opportunity to serve. I know that I have a truly gifted and terrific team to work with. I pledge every effort I am capable of to help steer the Commission through its current transition to new leadership."
Fellow Democratic Commissioner JONATHAN ADELSTEIN said, "I am thrilled to congratulate my good friend and trusted colleague, MICHAEL COPPS, on his designation as Acting Chairman of the FCC. The FCC will benefit from his leadership, experience, and abiding commitment to the public interest. He understands that public service is a sacred trust with the American people, and he has repeatedly demonstrated his sterling character, willingness to build consensus, and deep commitment to serve all Americans. During our six years on the Commission, he has consistently worked to ensure that consumers reap the benefits of a responsive and diverse media, robust and ubiquitous broadband Internet access, and reliable public safety communications. With the transition to digital television almost upon us, he will provide urgently needed guidance to put us back on track. On a personal level, I look forward to continuing the close relationship that we have forged working together on these and so many other important issues. The American people will be well served by him at the helm of the FCC."
Republican Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL said, "I am pleased that Pres. OBAMA has announced that my friend and colleague, MIKE COPPS, will serve as acting chairman of the Commission. I appreciate the sacrifices BETH, MIKE and the COPPS family have made during his distinguished public service career. I look forward to continuing to work with him at this unique time."
"NAB salutes MICHAEL COPPS for being selected Acting Chairman of the FCC," Pres./CEO DAVID K. REHR said in a statement. "We respect Chairman COPPS for his tenacious commitment to the public interest, and we look forward to working with him and the other Commissioners."