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Copps talks about better communication, future, D Block


Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps yesterday conducted his first press briefing, during which he noted the need to “open the lines of communication” within the agency. Copps said he plans to make sure that all commissioners—not just the chairman’s office—have a better understanding about the projects and issues the FCC is pursuing. In addition, Copps said he is encouraging greater communication between FCC bureaus.

Exactly how long Copps will serve as acting chairman remains a mystery. At some point, President Barack Obama is expected to appoint longtime friend Julius Genachowski as his permanent choice to head the FCC. When asked if he had been given any indication how long his tenure as chairman might last, Copps said, “No, I have not.”

While the FCC currently is focused on the DTV transition, Copps said there are “other pressing issues that can’t be ignored forever,” specifically noting the need to resolve the 700 MHz D Block situation on behalf of public safety.

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