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Released: March 20, 2013

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT

March 20, 2013
Brigid Calamis: brigid.calamis@fcc.gov

STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER ROBERT M. McDOWELL ANNOUNCING HIS

PLANS TO STEP DOWN FROM THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

IN THE NEAR FUTURE

The following statement can be attributed to Commissioner Robert M. McDowell:
After nearly seven years of carrying out the incredibly high honor of serving the
American people at the FCC, it is time to turn more of my energies towards an
even higher calling: serving my family. After a great deal of deliberation, I have
decided that I will step down as a commissioner of the Federal Communications
Commission in a few weeks.
Today’s announcement is not a farewell. As you know, I don’t do well with
those, so let’s avoid all of that for now and tackle that challenge another day. I
will also save most of my expressions of appreciation for a later date. But I
would be remiss if I didn’t offer up some of the bigger thank-yous right away,
such as to: God, my parents, my beautiful bride Jennifer, our three amazing
children, as well as our large family-at-large, friends, all of my colleagues on the
Commission - both past and present, and the talented and dedicated public
servants throughout the FCC, especially all of the wonderful and tireless
professionals who have worked on my team in my office. Please keep in mind
that trying to make me look good day after day as we fought for freedom must
have been quite a challenge for them.
I would also like to thank the individuals who literally handed me this job, twice:
first and foremost, Senator Ted Stevens, President George W. Bush, Senator
Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama, as well as many Members of
Congress. Thank you for placing such enormous trust in me.
Again, this is not a time for farewells, I’m just announcing my plans to step down
sometime soon. So what am I doing next? I will be talking to the FCC’s Chief
Ethics Officer, Patrick J. Carney, to make sure that my departure is in full
compliance with the letter and spirit of all of our ethics rules. Beyond that, I have
no plans other than to take my family on a much-needed vacation starting this
weekend.
So until the farewells, as always, may God bless each of you and our great nation.

--FCC--


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