Former FCC Commissioner Dies

Nov 4, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A former Federal Communications Commissioner who was known as an advocate of media diversity has died, Multichannel News reports. Kenneth A. Cox, 94, died Oct. 31 in Bethesda, Md., the story reports.

Cox was a communications lawyer, and after his term on the FCC from 1963-1970 became a senior VP at MCI.

The story reports: “He was a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Michigan and taught at the latter’s law school before practicing law in Seattle, according to the University of Michigan. He was special counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee’s TV inquiry in the mid-1950s and was tapped by then FCC Chairman Newton Minow to be chair of the FCC’s Broadcast Bureau in 1961.”

Cox was the recipient in 2003 of the Everett C. Parker Award from the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council. The award is given for “distinguished service to diversity and inclusion in the media and telecom industries," the story says.

Commenting on Cox’s death was MMTC President David Honig, who called Cox "one of the greatest ever and truly the conscience of the agency," the story reports.

According to the report: “Honig said that more than anyone who served at the FCC, Cox was most responsible for its civil rights jurisprudence.”

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