May 26, 2006

Senate confirms McDowell for Republican FCC job

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed
telecommunications lawyer Robert McDowell to fill a Republican
seat on the Federal Communications Commission bring the
agency's board to full-strength.

McDowell's appointment means that any 2-2 deadlocks at the
agency can now be broken. The FCC regulates the
telecommunications and media industry. With a Republican
majority, the FCC is expected to begin a review that could lead
to easing media ownership restrictions.

McDowell, has been a lawyer for Comptel, a trade
association that represents telephone and Internet companies
that compete against bigger carriers like AT&T Inc. and Verizon

The FCC has been tied with two Republicans and two
Democrats for more than a year. McDowell would fill a seat that
expires June 30, 2009.

Sen. John Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, had put a
hold on McDowell's nomination for almost two months.