FCC Commissioners Michael Copps, Jonathan Adelstein and Deborah Taylor Tate will speak on Tuesday, April 17 during NAB2007 in Las Vegas.
The Commissioners will participate in the Broadcast Regulatory & Legislative Conference where attendees can interact with federal regulators, Capitol Hill insiders and legal experts on a number of governmental issues that will impact the broadcast industry.
Michael Copps was sworn in for a second term as a member of the FCC in 2006. Prior to coming to the FCC in 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, Copps worked to improve market access and market share for nearly every sector of American industry, including information technologies and telecommunications.
Copps moved to Washington in 1970, joined the staff of Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC) and served for over a dozen years as administrative assistant and chief of staff. From 1985 to 1989, he served as director of government affairs for a Fortune 500 company. From 1989 to 1993, he was senior vice president for legislative affairs at a major national trade association.
Jonathan Adelstein became an FCC commissioner in 2002 and was sworn in for a new term in 2004.
Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for fifteen years as a staff member in the Senate, serving as a senior legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) for seven of those years. In that position, he advised Sen. Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other key issues. Previously, he served as professional staff member to Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman David Pryor (D-AR), including an assignment as a special liaison to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and as a legislative assistant to Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).
Prior to public service, Adelstein held a number of academic positions. He originally hails from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Deborah Taylor Tate was sworn in as an FCC commissioner in early 2006. She is the Federal Chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, as well as Federal Chair of the Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations.
Before being appointed to the Commission, Tate was a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. In that position, she was appointed to the Federal-State Joint Board on Advanced Telecommunications Services.
Prior to her service at the TRA, Tate served as an attorney and senior policy advisor to two former Tennessee governors, with special expertise in the areas of mental health and juvenile justice. She is certified as a mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and has served in several positions at Vanderbilt University in her native Tennessee.
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