Deborah Taylor Tate was a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). She was nominated by President George W. Bush on November 9, 2005, for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2007. She was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 2005, and sworn in as FCC Commissioner on January 3, 2006. She has spoken out in favor of Digital Rights Management and suggested TV may be a contributing factor in childhood obesity.[1]

Deborah Tate
Member of the Federal Communications Commission
In office
January 3, 2006 - January 3, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush

In April 2007, the Center for Public Integrity reported that Tate, a Nashville, Tennessee native, received talking points on how to best oppose the pending merger between satellite radio firms XM and Sirius from a representative of Clear Channel, a terrestrial radio company opposing the deal.[2]

On December 30, 2008, the FCC announced that Tate would be resigning from office.[3] In June 2009, President Obama nominated Mignon Clyburn to take her place.


  1. ^ Lasar, Matthew (July 21, 2006). "FCC's Tate links TV advertising to childhood obesity".
  2. ^ McGarry, Brendan; Welsh, Ben (April 14, 2007). "Clear Channel gives Tate Talking Points Against XM-Sirius merger". Center for Public Integrity. Archived from the original on July 3, 2007.
  3. ^ "FCC Commissioner Deborah Tate Resigns - Will step down in January as FCC turnover begins... - DSLReports, ISP Information". DSL Reports.