[AMRadio] Michael J. Copps Named Acting FCC Chairman


Mike Duke, K5XU k5xu at comcast.net
Fri Jan 23 20:42:14 EST 2009


Here is the text of the announcement from the ARRL site.

During the 4 years I served on the Consumer Advisory Committee at the FCC,
he attended most of the meetings, and appeared to at least listen to what
the committee said.

I found Mr. Martin to be a big disappointment in that regard.


Mike Duke, K5XU

Michael J. Copps Named Acting FCC Chairman


On Thursday, January 22, President Barack Obama named current
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
as Acting Chairman of the Commission. Last week, sources close to the
President mentioned Julius Genachowski would be nominated as Chairman. Copps
will
serve as Acting Chairman until a new Commissioner/Chairman is confirmed.

"I am honored to be designated as Acting Chairman of the FCC," Copps said in
a
statement
released by the FCC. "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."

ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, congratulated Copps on his
appointment. "Whenever we have sought a meeting with him or his staff, his
door
has always been open to us," he said.

Currently serving a second term as FCC Commissioner, Copps began his first
term with the Commission in 2001. Before his appointment to the FCC, he
served
as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the US
Department of Commerce, where he was previously Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Commerce
for Basic Industries. Copps came to Washington in 1970, joining the staff of
Senator Ernest Hollings (D-SC) and served for more than a decade as his
Chief
of Staff. He has also held positions at a Fortune 500 company and at a major
trade association. Before coming to Washington, Copps was a professor of
American
history at Loyola University of the South. He received a BA from Wofford
College and earned a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill.

Upon being sworn for his second term as FCC Commissioner in 2006, Copps said
that "The last four and a half years have been tremendously transformative
for the world of telecommunications and the media. The future holds even
greater challenge. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues
on
the Commission, with the Congress and with all the other stakeholders to
help bring the most advanced, accessible and cost-effective communications
system
in the world to all American consumers."





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