"Candid and conscientious, Commissioner Copps was a model public servant. His commitment to protect the public interest was total during an era of unprecedented consolidation by media corporations driven by financial gains more than serving the public," Polka added.
Copps, an historian who was chief of staff to Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) prior to his FCC service, told reporters that he planned to speak out on important communications issues as a private citizen in the years ahead."Commissioner Copps always asked the right questions, always demanded the facts wherever they may lead, and always sought the right results for the American people," Polka said. "His legacy of looking out for the little guy -- including independent cable operators, who are appreciative -- will endure for many years. Commissioner Copps leaves a record that should serve as a role model for future commissioners in search of courage, inspiration and resolve when the heat starts to rise in the p
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