Upton, Walden Statements on FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell

March 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the following statements after FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell announced his intention to leave the Commission:

"At a time when broadband and wireless technology are transforming voice, video, audio and data communications, we could not have asked for a better steward than Commissioner McDowell," said Upton. "With every decision, he has fought to ensure we are creating an environment for investment, innovation, and growth. And he has done so with both eloquence and good humor. No question that he has left the communications landscape better than he found it. We thank him for his service."

"For more than a half decade, Robert McDowell has embodied the consummate FCC commissioner," said Walden. "He has kept a steadfast eye on how to foster a vibrant communications marketplace for the American people and the American economy. He has always stood up to protect the freedom of the Internet for all, and at every turn he has made sure to respect good process, good policy, and the rule of law. The country is all the better for his service. With much gratitude, we wish him all the best wherever his path may take him."

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