Senate OKs FCC’s Tate, Copps


The Senate late Wednesday confirmed two nominations to the Federal Communications Commission, AP reported.

Republican Deborah Tate, a director on the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, will fill one empty seat at the five-member commission, while Democrat Michael Copps will serve a second term at the agency, according to AP.

The FCC is now split 2-2 between Republicans and Democrats, with one empty seat remaining.

Tate will fill the remainder of the term of former FCC chairman Michael Powell, who left the agency in March, according to AP. Her term expires in June 2007.

Copps was nominated by President Bush in May 2001, and his second term will expire in June 2010, AP reported.