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Update on Net Neutrality: McDowell Recuses Himself

In the issue of AT&T’s proposed buyout of BellSouth, Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell’s has decided he will not vote even though FCC counsel ruled that he could. His decision “raises the potential that merger conditions are now more likely to include Network Neutrality.”

“I find that I have no choice but to abide by the terms of my Ethics Agreement, heed the independent advice of OGE and my personal ethics counsel, and, ultimately to follow my own personal sense of ethics. Accordingly, I disqualify myself from this matter.” — FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell on his participation in the AT&T-BellSouth merger

“FCC Commissioner McDowell has courageously elevated professional responsibility over expedience.” — Media Access Project

“This is too important a transaction to be clouded by the ethical questions that would have come up had the Commissioner taken part in the proceeding.” — Public Knowledge

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