Former FCC commissioner Rob McDowell has been released from the hospital, according to a partner at Cooley LLP, where McDowell is also a partner and co-leader of Cooley's global communications practice.
McDowell had been hospitalized, then released, then hospitalized again after three "brutal days" with double pneumonia and what he had tweeted was likely COVID-19. It was unclear whether he had ever been tested.
The partner sent out a note saying he was pleased to report that McDowell had been released from the hospital and continued to improve each day, but that he was still weak and it would take some time before he could "reengage" at a normal level.
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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.