Colleague salutes FCC’s Copps

{mosads}“Commissioner Copps personifies the character and attributes we seek in a public servant; he thoughtfully and sometimes passionately represented those he served, and his hard work and dedication — as well as his generosity of spirit — set a high standard for the Commission,” said Kathleen Grillo, Verizon senior vice president for federal regulatory affairs.

Copps joined the commission in 2001; during his 10-year service he was an outspoken advocate for net neutrality and increasing diversity in the media and telecom industry. He also voted against media consolidation several times, including the lone vote against approve the NBC Universal-Comcast merger last year.

“We hear a lot these days from cynics about how Washington inevitably corrupts even those with the best intentions, about how no one can hope to make a difference anymore. Those cynics never met Michael Copps,” said Public Knowledge legal director Harold Feld.

“Anyone watching local news or enjoying the open Internet owes a debt to Commissioner Copps and what he accomplished in his time at the commission.”


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