The FCC on Thursday became officially rounded out when Chairman Kevin J. Martin swore in the groups fifth member and third Republican, Robert M. McDowell.
McDowells term runs until June 30, 2009.
McDowell comes to the FCC from COMPTEL, the association that represents competitive carriers. He served as a lawyer for the organization since early 1999.
“I am honored and humbled to be joining such a distinguished group of commissioners as well as the fine career public servants at the FCC, McDowell said. There are many challenging issues facing the commission, and I am eager to begin working on them with my fellow commissioners, with Congress, and with the American people. I am confident that our efforts will help bring the most advanced and efficient communications systems in the world to all American consumers.
McDowell has worked in the communications industry for nearly 16 years. Besides working for COMPTEL, he has served on the North American Numbering Council, and on the board of directors of North American Numbering Plan Billing and Collection Inc., among other career, civic and political pursuits.