Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of August 2, 2010

Michael Copps

Federal Communications Commissioner

In his position, as one of the five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to oversee the regulation of our communications industry, Michael Copps must work with the other commissioners to come to agreement on key issues affecting broadcasting, the internet, and other media.  His service as a commissioner is just his latest role in federal government. Mike is currently in his second term, having been appointed twice by President George W. Bush.  Before his appointment to the FCC, Mike served at the Department of Commerce as the Assistant Secretary for Trade Development and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Basic Industries.  Prior to his service with the Commerce Department, Mike spent twelve years in the Senate as Chief of Staff to former Senator Fritz Hollings of South Carolina.  As a Chief of Staff, Mike earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues across the Senate.  Before coming to Washington in 1970, Mike spent some time working in the private sector for a Fortune 500 company, and he also taught as a history professor for some years at Loyola University of the South in New Orleans.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College in South Carolina and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In his current role, Mike has been an untiring advocate for the public and has worked to push the FCC back toward its core mission:  enforcing the regulations that maintain fair competition, protecting consumers, and ensuring that the communications industry serves the public interest.  Particularly, he has been a crusader against control of the internet by big corporations.  His promotion of an open internet is based in his belief that communications media should benefit all and foster the growth and development of communities. 

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Michael Copps HERE

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