How Do Two Ex-Chairs View Today’s FCC?

Former FCC Chairmen Richard Wiley (left) and Michael Copps speak Tuesday at the MMTC 8th Annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit

By Adam R Jacobson

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  What do you get when two former FCC Chairmen are asked to engage in conversation about what Ajit Pai has in store for him and the new Commission?

A lot of reminiscing, and a lot of questions as to how the Trump Administration will leave the FCC as independent of an agency as it can be in a rapidly deregulatory climate.

Richard Wiley, a Chairman of the FCC appointed by President Nixon who served from March 1974 through October 1977, and Michael Copps, who served as Chairman from May 2001 until the end of 2011, shared their thoughts on minority ownership and procurement.

But Copps also questioned how the FCC would respond to a Trump Administration edict to rescind two rules for every new one approved by the U.S. government.

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