Michael Copps

Former Federal Communications Commissioner

Michael J. Copps is a former commissioner and acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where he served from 2001–2011. He continues to be active in opposing consolidation in media and telecommunications and advocating for ubiquitous broadband and an open Internet.

Before joining the FCC, Copps served as assistant secretary of commerce for trade development at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, he worked to improve market access and market share for nearly every sector of American industry. Copps devoted much of his time to building private-public sector partnerships to enhance our nation’s success in the global economy. From 1993–1998, he served as deputy assistant secretary for basic industries. Earlier in his career Copps served as chief of staff to Sen. Fritz Hollings.

A Milwaukee native, Copps earned a B.A. from Wofford College and a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught U.S. history at Loyola University of the South from 1967–1970.

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