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McDowell Free to Join All FCC Votes

As of today, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell is able to participate in all FCC votes. McDowell has had to abstain from several important voting sessions because he was a lawyer for competitive carrier association COMPTEL prior to his June 1, 2006, appointment. McDowell could have taken part in the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger vote in […]

FCC Approves Long-Awaited AT&T-BellSouth Merger

After months of internal wrangling and false starts, the FCC late Friday unanimously approved the $84 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. Democratic Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein said in separate statements that they finally agreed to the transaction once AT&T provided more conditions in the public interest. They noted they still […]

McDowell Wont Vote on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell late Monday announced he will not vote on the pending $85 billion merger between AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. Late last week, the FCCs general counsel, Samuel Feder, wrote in an analysis that McDowell could indeed take part in the matter, if he so chose. It was not known which way […]

FCC Lawyer: McDowell Can Vote on AT&T-BellSouth Merger

The FCCs general counsel late Friday issued analysis permitting Republican commissioner Robert McDowell to vote on the pending AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger if he so chooses. McDowell had recused himself from the proceedings because he came to the FCC from COMPTEL, a competitive carrier association that opposes recent Bell megamergers. However, McDowell was not involved […]

ROUND TABLE

    ROUND TABLE Posted: 07/2006 Rob McDowell … On the Senates confirmation in May of COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the FCCs third Republican … Robs expertise and experience will be an asset to the commission … The FCC will be required to implement portions of our communications bill, and it is essential it […]

McDowell Sworn in as Fifth FCC Commissioner

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 […]

Senate Confirms McDowell as Fifth FCC Commissioner

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed COMPTEL lawyer Robert McDowell as the fifth member of the FCC. McDowells nomination had been on hold for some time; his confirmation gives FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin a Republican majority, which he has not had since he was appointed chairman in early 2005. “Rob McDowell’s confirmation today […]

Sources: McDowell Nomination Stalled

Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported today that Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., has placed a hold on Robert M. McDowells nomination as the FCCs fifth commissioner. Stuart Chapman, a spokesman for Rockefeller, would neither confirm nor deny those reports. He did say, however, that Rockefeller who worked on parts of the 1996 Telecom Act and who […]

Stevens: New Telecommunications Law Around the Corner

The Senate Commerce Committee should present proposed legislation for a rewrite of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 after Congress’s Easter recess, Sen. Ted Stevens told COMPTEL members on Monday during the association’s 25th anniversary keynote speech. Stevens, an Alaska Republican, is chairman of the committee, which has been working to overhaul communications regulation. He plans […]

Commerce Committee Sends McDowells Name to Senate for Confirmation

The Senate Commerce Committee today voted to install Robert M. McDowell as the fifth commissioner at the FCC; the approval was expected, especially after McDowell sailed through his nomination hearing last week. The committee, chaired by Republican Ted Stevens of Alaska, has sent McDowells name to the full Senate for confirmation, although it is not […]

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