Former Federal Communications Commission member Michael Copps has joined the board of Public Knowledge, the public interest group said Wednesday.
Copps, a Democrat, left the FCC at the end of 2011 after more than a decade of service on the commission.
While on the commission, Copps was often on the same side as Public Knowledge on many issues such as the net neutrality rules the FCC adopted in December 2010. Both Copps and the group supported the rules but complained that they weren't strong enough.
Public Knowledge "has been an effective champion of the public interest across the whole wide gamut of telecommunications and media issues, and I have especially admired its work toward building a news and information infrastructure that informs citizens and deepens the civic dialogue upon which our self-government depends," Copps said in a statement.