December 13, 2011 |
For more than 10 years, Democratic Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps played the role of Howard Beale at the regulatory agency. Like the TV anchor from the movie "Network" — the role made famous by the late Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch — he was often mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Copps, who is resigning from the FCC at the end of the month, has always been far more outspoken than the typical regulator. He was unafraid to offend the powerful companies he was charged to keep in line.
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February 5, 1994
Michael L. Copp, an Orange Coast College professor and counselor to the school's athletic teams, died Thursday after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 56. A native of Rockford, Ill., Copp worked as a high school counselor, civics teacher, wrestling and tennis coach in Illinois and California before joining the Orange Coast faculty in 1965. In his first 11 years at the college, Copp taught introductory psychology and worked as a counselor.
November 10, 2005 |
President Bush on Wednesday nominated Tennessee utility regulator Deborah Taylor Tate to fill a long vacant Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, while at the same time naming Michael J. Copps to retain his Democratic seat at the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, Tate and Copps would restore a 3-2 Republican majority at the FCC, clearing the way for agency Chairman Kevin J.
December 14, 2005 |
Congress should consider a bill to curb sex and obscenity on television even after cable TV companies Monday said they planned to offer packages of family-friendly channels, a member of the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday. "I don't think we're anywhere near the point where we can say we don't need legislation," Commissioner Michael J. Copps, a Democrat, said at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington. "Let's keep pushing."
July 28, 2003 |
For months, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps waged a lonely campaign to keep the nation's biggest media companies from getting even bigger. Short on funds, the Democrat crisscrossed the country, often unaccompanied by colleagues or staff, and begged universities to give him facilities to hold town meetings to debate media ownership policy. The FCC's Republican chairman, Michael K.
June 13, 2009 |
Now that June 12 has come and gone, it may be time to ask: Who, if anyone, benefits from the mandatory upgrade to digital television transmission? The move inconvenienced millions of Americans who had to obtain converter boxes for their old analog television sets. The government spent billions preparing the viewing public. But advocates and regulators say the expense and hassle was worth it. The government received $19.