Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps, who announced earlier this year that he would be exiting his position with the panel, has submitted his resignation date, Multichannel News reports. Copps submitted the date, Jan. 1, to the White House, the story reports.
His planned successor is Jessica Rosenworcel, a top adviser to the Senate Commerce Committee and a former top aide to Copps. The Senate panel is scheduled to vote on her appointment Dec. 8.
Copps indicated he would leave before Jan. 1 if his successor is confirmed before then, the story notes.
Rosenworcel’s appointment is not a done deal. The story reports: “Sen. Charles Grassley has threatened to put a hold on her nomination, as well as that of Republican pick Ajit Pai, when the nominations come to a full Senate vote. Still, several lobbyists have said they think Grassley’s concerns may be assuaged and the pair confirmed by Christmas. Congress is unlikely to adjourn. If past is prologue, it will continue in pro forma session until the new Congress convenes in order to prevent recess appointments by the president.”
Copps, who has been on the FCC for a decade, said in an exit interview that he has accomplished everything possible. He’s quoted in the story as saying: "The FCC is an agency of true excellence and its decisions are integral to our country’s future. Ubiquitous, opportunity-creating broadband and a resource-rich media capable of informing our civic dialogue are critically important components of our future success as a people, and I intend to keep speaking about these challenges as a private citizen in the years ahead.”