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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Commissioner Robert McDowell Step Down:

from The ARRL Letter on March 28, 2013
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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell to Step Down:

FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski and FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell both announced last week that they would be leaving the Commission. McDowell announced his resignation during the FCC's open meeting on March 20, while Genachowski made his announcement in remarks to FCC staff on March 22.

Genachowski was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Commission in June 2009. McDowell was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and re-appointed by President Obama in 2009. While Genachowski's term is up later this year, McDowell's term expires in 2014. Neither Genachowski nor McDowell has announced their post-Commission plans.

The departure of Genachowski (a Democrat) and McDowell (a Republican), leaves Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel as the FCC's Democrats, and Ajit Pai as its sole Republican, giving Democrats a 2 to 1 voting advantage. Only three commissioners at a time may be members of the same political party. With two seats open on the FCC, the Obama Administration could advance a Republican and a Democratic nominee simultaneously, as it did with Pai and Rosenworcel in 2012. Read more


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