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Senate Confirms McDowell

Senate Confirms McDowell

The open fifth seat on the FCC will soon be filled; Robert McDowell has been confirmed as the fifth FCC commissioner.

All that awaits is his swearing-in ceremony.

The Senate’s approval means Republicans return to a 3-2 majority on the regulatory body.

NAB issued a statement congratulating him and saying “his background and extensive knowledge of communications issues will serve Mr. McDowell well in his new position.”

Chairman Kevin Martin will now be able to move along changes on several issues, such as media ownership and digital radio. The Washington Post reported an FCC official confirmed the chairman’s office circulated a draft notice on media ownership last week.

McDowell was senior vice president and assistant general counsel with CompTel, which represents many Bell competitors, including Internet phone providers.