Tate, Copps Sworn in at FCC

Tate, Copps Sworn in at FCC
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Deborah Tate and Michael Copps was sworn in as FCC commissioners by chairman Kevin Martin, once again leaving the agency with a 2-2 party leadership.
Copps is now entering his second term as a commissioner. His new term will run through June 30, 2010. Copps has been a member of the commission since 2001.
Tate is new to the agency, coming off a six-year term as director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, where she served as Chairman from 2003-2004. Tate’s FCC term ends June 30, 2007. She was nominated to fill the remainder of former Chairman Michael Powell's term.
She pledged to “be a voice for families and consumers “and bring a spirit of consensus and bi-partisanship to the FCC.


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