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Tate Gets FCC Nod

Nov 14, 2005  •  Post A Comment

President Bush nominated Deborah Taylor Tate, a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, for a Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission last week.

He also nominated FCC Commissioner Michael Copps for a new five-year term in a Democratic seat at the agency.

Since summer, industry insiders had expected the president’s package of FCC nominees to include a nomination for Richard Russell, associate director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, for another GOP vacancy. But a nomination for Mr. Russell was not included in the latest announcements.

Earlier in the week, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, denied a widespread industry rumor that he had been secretly promoting Lisa Sutherland-one of his top aides-for the seat proposed for Mr. Russell. A spokeswoman for Sen. Stevens said the lawmaker is looking for a candidate to recommend, but gave no indication of who the candidate might be.