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McDowell Joins Mobile Future

Former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell has joined Mobile Future as chief public policy advisor.

McDowell, who left the commission in 2013, continues as partner and co-leader of the global communications practice at Cooley LLP. (The item initially indicated he had exited Cooley, which is not the case).

"McDowell’s decades of leadership in the telecom, media and telecom sectors will bring strong leadership to the forward-thinking Mobile Future team," Mobile Future said.

McDowell, a Republican, served as a commissioner from 2006 to 2013. Originally nominated by President George W. Bush, He was re-nominated in 2009 by President Barack Obama. He joined Wiley Rein in 2014 as a partner and Cooley in 2016.

“The organization has consistently encouraged investment and innovation in the ever-evolving wireless world," said McDowell. "I look forward to working hard to spur more competition, consumer choice and economic growth as we look to the 5G future.”

Before joining the FCC, McDowell was senior VP and assistant general counsel at COMPTEL. Before joining COMPTEL in February 1999, he served as the executive VP and general counsel of America's Carriers Telecommunications Association, which merged with COMPTEL.

Mobile Future promotes the interests of wireless broadband networks and suppliers. Its members include AT&T, Verizon, Samsung, and Qualcomm.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.