October 24, 2006 |
Robert McDowell's confirmation in May as the fifth member of the Federal Communications Commission was supposed to end a 2-2 partisan deadlock that had stymied the agency on several issues for more than a year. But with commission approval all that's standing in the way of AT&T Inc.'s purchase of BellSouth Corp., it's back to stalemate again at the FCC because of the occasional bane of regulatory agencies -- a recusal.
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.
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.
January 24, 2006 |
President Bush is expected to nominate telecommunications lawyer Robert McDowell to be the third Republican on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, three sources familiar with the matter said Monday. McDowell is senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Comptel, a lobbying group for companies that primarily compete against big telephone carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
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 15, 1987 |
In this his first book, Robert McDowell writes narrative poems that entertain, amuse and enrich. His characters are assorted middle-class failures, dismayed suburbanites who are often enamored of risk and violence. "It's good to feel the edge," says the bootlegger-aviator of the title poem as he strokes a straight razor. Most of McDowell's suburbanites have lost that "edge," the "need for something to run up against."