Copps submits notice to resign from FCC

Gautham Nagesh
The Hill

Democratic Commissioner Michael Copps officially announced his resignation from the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, confirming his plans to depart at the end of the year.

“Yesterday, I submitted to the President notice of my intention to resign my post as Commissioner effective January 1, 2012. Should the Senate confirm my successor prior to that date, or should the Senate adjourn sine die before January 1st, I would of course be leaving sooner,” Copps said in a statement.

An outspoken advocate for net neutrality, Copps has also taken the commission to task for not doing enough to promote diversity in the media and telecom industry during his decade-long tenure.

He has consistently opposed consolidation in media industry since joining the FCC in 2001 and was the only vote against approving the NBC Universal-Comcast deal…

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