Michael Copps

Michael Copps

Michael Copps is a former commissioner and acting chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where he served from 2001–2011. He serves on the board of Free Press and the Free Press Action Fund and is a special adviser to Common Cause.

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By correctly classifying internet service providers as common carriers, just like phone companies, the 2015 rules made the FCC a much-needed watchdog for consumers, while changing little about how internet providers operate. Views
Monday, July 10, 2017
The FCC Must Protect the Open Internet — Millions of Americans Agree
Since its creation, the internet has operated under a simple principle: All traffic, regardless of its content, should be treated equally. It’s this idea that allowed the internet to change the world, the way we communicate, and the way we do business. It’s what allowed college students to develop...
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Net Neutrality Ruling Finally Rights a Terrible Wrong
“For the reasons set forth is this opinion, we deny the petitions for review.” Those were the sweetest words I’ve heard in a long while, as the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit turned down the ridiculous efforts of the big telecom companies to derail the Federal...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
The Scariest Cable Merger Nobody in Washington Is Talking About
When Comcast tried to merge with Time Warner Cable last year, reaction was swift and negative. Not many people liked the idea of America’s largest and least loved cable company getting any bigger; the deal collapsed after hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke out and federal regulators signaled...
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Saturday, June 02, 2007
The Price of Free Airwaves
As a member of the Federal Communications Commission, I often hear how fed up Americans are with the news media. Too much "if it bleeds it leads" on the evening news and not enough real coverage of local issues. Too little high-quality entertainment and too many people eating bugs. It doesn't have...
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