Yesterday, President Obama named FCC Commissioner Michael Copps as acting chairman of the FCC pending the anticipated formal nomination and confirmation of Julius Genachowski as FCC chairman. Copps, a Democrat, joined the FCC in 2001 as commissioner after serving as assistant secretary of commerce for trade development and as chiefof- staff to former U.S. Senator Ernest “Fritz” Hollings (D-SC). Like former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, Copps supports stronger curbs on broadcast indecency and restrictions on cable ownership but clashed with Martin on efforts to relax the agency’s media ownership rules. Although Copps’ FCC chairmanship is likely to last but a few months, he would assume the FCC’s reins in the midst of critical agency efforts to complete the digital television transition. Asserting that, “the FCC will benefit from [Copps’] leadership, experience, and abiding commitment to the public interest, FCC Commissioner and fellow Democrat Jonathan Adelstein proclaimed that, “with the transition to digital television almost upon us, [Copps] will provide urgently needed guidance to put us . . . on track.” FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, the sole remaining Republican on the three-member FCC panel, said he was “pleased” with the appointment and looked forward to working with Copps in his new capacity “at this unique time.” As he thanked President Obama “for his confidence in me and for this opportunity to serve,” Copps pledged “every effort I am capable of to help steer the Commission through its current transition to new leadership.”