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Robert McDowell Authors Wall Street Journal Column on Net Neutrality ‘Turning Point’

The Wall Street Journal, The Hill
January 20, 2015

Robert M. McDowell, a partner in Wiley Rein’s Communications Practice, noted yesterday in a Wall Street Journal opinion column that an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote on net neutrality rules will be a “turning point for Internet freedom.”  His op-ed was also the subject of an article published today by The Hill.

“The Federal Communications Commission is about to answer the most important question in its 80-year history,” Mr. McDowell wrote in the Journal.  “Does the agency intend to protect the open Internet, or is it lunging to seize unlimited power over the Web?”

Mr. McDowell served as an FCC commissioner from 2006 to 2013, during which he voted against the agency’s two previous attempts to issue net neutrality rules.  He is scheduled to testify at a January 21 Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the FCC’s current authorities, and Congress’ options, to update outdated laws for the Internet age.

“While Republicans and Democrats try to work out a deal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should hit the pause button on next month’s vote and let the elected representatives of the American people try to find common ground,” Mr. McDowell said in his op-ed.  “At the end of this constitutional process, all sides may be able to claim victory.”

Mr. McDowell’s column can be found hereThe Hill’s coverage can be found here.