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Robert McDowell

Hudson Institute
Visiting Fellow
Washington, DC
Hudson Visiting Fellow Robert McDowell was a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until 2013. He was appointed by presidents George W. Bush (2006) and Barack Obama (2009), and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate each time.  His second nomination in 2009 made him the first Republican appointed to an independent agency by President Obama.  Prior to joining the FCC, he worked in senior positions in the telecommunications industry for 16 years.  His strategic vision combined with his business, legal and political acumen have made him a highly effective leader with proven results.

For nearly seven years, Commissioner McDowell has served as one of only five policymakers on the FCC, which regulates approximately one-sixth of the U.S. economy and shapes domestic and international commerce in the information, communications and technology (ICT) sectors.  His leadership has produced policies directly affecting all aspects of:  the Internet, wireless technologies, broadband competition, communications equipment and devices, as well as television, radio and satellite services.