February 4, 2006 |
President Bush plans to nominate telecommunications lawyer Robert McDowell to fill the final empty Republican seat on the Federal Communications Commission, the White House said Friday. McDowell, 42, is senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Comptel, a lobbying group for companies that primarily compete against phone carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications.
May 27, 2006 |
The Senate on Friday unanimously filled the long-vacant fifth seat on the Federal Communications Commission, giving Republicans a majority that could speed approval of expanded media ownership rules and major industry mergers. Robert McDowell, a telecommunications lawyer and lobbyist, was nominated by President Bush in early February. But his confirmation had been blocked in the Senate, apparently by senators looking for leverage on other issues.
December 19, 2006 |
Federal Communications Commission member Robert M. McDowell said Monday that he wouldn't cast the tie-breaking vote on AT&T Inc.'s proposed purchase of BellSouth Corp., putting pressure on the companies to offer concessions. The FCC has been reviewing the proposed $86-billion deal for more than seven months. The four other commissioners, two Republicans and two Democrats, have been deadlocked over what conditions to attach.
March 20, 2013 |
Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, who was seen as a free-market advocate and friend to the media industry and a foil to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, announced he is leaving the regulatory agency in the next few weeks. A Republican, McDowell has been at the FCC for almost seven years and was seen as a potential chairman if Mitt Romney had won the White House in November. McDowell did not say what his future plans are. McDowell often disagreed with Genachowski on how to best regulate the media industry.
August 12, 1990 |
During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, Ota Pavel's father and his two brothers were sent to concentration camps. Pavel helped support his family by working in a coal mine and illegally catching fish. After the war, he became a sportswriter, best known for "Dukla Among the Skyscrapers," a novel about a Czech soccer team's visit to America. Later, Pavel wrote two collections of short stories based on his father's life and his own.
March 17, 2006
The Senate Commerce Committee voted to recommend confirmation of Robert McDowell to the Federal Communications Commission, a move that would restore the agency's 3-2 GOP majority. The nomination needs approval from the full Senate.