Preston Gralla writes:McDowell normally would have had to stay out of the vote because he recently worked for the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel), which actively opposes the buyout. That would have left the agency deadlocked, with two commissioners favoring the deal and two others refusing to approve it, at least without more conditions.
... Although CompTel is opposed to the acquisition, the decision to include McDowell, a Republican, might provide the vote needed to clear the deal. [FCC Chairman Kevin] Martin and Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, both Republicans, support approval.
"Anyone who ever believed that the FCC cares about anything other than ensuring maximum profits for AT&T and friends has been living under a delusion, as an FCC action makes clear today.
... McDowell, a Republican, can be counted on with the two other Republicans on the panel (including Martin) to allow the deal to go through with absolutely no consumer protections.
Spent the weekend suffering from a mighty sinus infection. In spite of the infection I was successful in mudding in an app that might actually, in a small way, help slow air pollution.
Now I am at my regular job, getting ready to install computers at a factory that produces jet engines.
My real-life kharma sucks ass.
Shame on me.
...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"