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Topic: Robert McDowell

House Lawmakers Launch Process to Update Aging Communications Laws

Goal is to reform law in 2015

Two House Republicans announced an ambitious initiative to rewrite and update the decades-old communications laws that have been overwhelmed by new technologies and new media. In a Google Hangout Tuesday afternoon,…

FCC's Net Neutrality Rules May Not Survive Court

Oral arguments in Verizon v. FCC last 2 hours

D.C.'s political bookies are giving the full survival of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules long odds. In a packed Washington courtroom Monday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for…

FCC Heads to Court to Defend Net Neutrality Rules

Does the FCC have the authority to regulate the Internet?

Whether or not the Federal Communications Commission has the authority to regulate the Internet comes back in the spotlight on Monday when the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral…

Obama Nominates Wheeler to Head FCC [Updated]

'The Bo Jackson of telecom'

In a move that came as no surprise to anyone inside the Beltway, President Obama today nominated Tom Wheeler to head the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler, an ally and fundraiser…

FCC Chairman Announces Exit Friday

Genachowski announcement comes two days after Commissioner McDowell

Well, that was fast. Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski announced Friday he is leaving the agency just two days after Republican Commissioner Robert McDowell said he would bow out in…

FCC's McDowell Announces His Exit

Will be leaving in a few weeks

In a not totally unexpected move, Commissioner Robert McDowell (R) announced during the Federal Communications Commission’s monthly meeting, that he would be exiting the agency “in a few weeks.” McDowell’s exit…

Another Delay in FCC Media Ownership Rules Proceeding

Regs on hold pending impact study on minority ownership

Here's a shocker: The Federal Communications Commission's proceeding on media ownership rules is now officially on hold pending an impact study on how cross-ownership affects minority ownership. It could be…

House Subcommittees Meet to Preserve Internet Freedom

No congressional gridlock on Web governance

There may be gridlock in Congress on most issues, but making sure that governments such as Russia, China, Iran and Saudi Arabia are blocked from balkanizing the Internet is not…

Google, Tech Companies Take Action to Preserve Internet at U.N. Treaty Talks

Firms join U.S. delegation in Dubai

A veritable who's who of Internet and tech companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Cisco, AT&T and Verizon are headed to Dubai next week in an effort to preserve…

First Mover: Robert McDowell

The FCC commissioner is pro free-market media in public but a totalitarian at home

Specs Age 49 Who FCC commissioner; post-election, back in minority as Republican member FCC stuff can be pretty geeky. You’ve quoted everything from Shakespeare to Star Trek. What we do touches the daily lives…

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