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TechNet Urges Swift U.S. Senate Approval of FCC Nominees Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell
Date:6/15/2009

Upon confirmation, Mr. Genachowski will serve as the next FCC Chair; Mr. McDowell has served on Commission since 2006

WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechNet, the bipartisan political network of CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today hailed the nominations of Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell for seats on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and strongly urged the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to approve their nominations. Mr. Genachowski has been nominated by President Obama for Chairman of the Commission and Mr. McDowell is being re-nominated for a post at the FCC he has held since 2006.

"TechNet strongly supports the nominations of Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell for key positions on the Federal Communications Commission," said John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and TechNet Co-Founder. "Both are innovative leaders who understand the fundamental importance of technology and communications for our nation's economic future. We urge the Senate to swiftly confirm both of these able nominees so they can get to work tackling the multitude of communications issues now facing the Commission."

"Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell both bring dedication, tireless work ethics and deep knowledge of complex innovation policy issues to these vital posts on the Federal Communications Commission," said John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Cisco and TechNet Co-Founder. "We at TechNet are proud to endorse the nominations of these two extremely capable public servants and look forward to working with them on the vitally important issues of making sure the power of the Internet reaches all our citizens and grows our economy."

Mr. Genachowski will bring more than two decades of public and private-sector experience to the Commission. Most recently, President Obama appointed Julius Genachowski as the co-leader of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Group on the transition team. During the 2008 election, Mr. Genachowski was one of the key architect's of Mr. Obama's historic web-based campaign. Prior, Mr. Genachowski was cofounder and managing director of Rock Creek Ventures, founding partner of LaunchBox Digital and a senior executive at IAC/InterActiveCorp. Mr. Genachowski also served as Chief Counsel to the Chairman of the FCC and was a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Chief Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He also worked in Congress on the staff of the special committee investigating the Iran-Contra Affair and for Senator (then Representative) Charles E. Schumer. Mr. Genachowski received a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Columbia College.

Mr. McDowell was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on May 26, 2006, and sworn in as FCC Commissioner on June 1, 2006. Immediately prior to joining the FCC, Mr. McDowell was senior vice president and assistant general counsel for COMPTEL, an association representing a variety of telecommunications companies and interests. Prior, McDowell served as the executive vice president and general counsel of America's Carriers Telecommunications Association (ACTA), which merged with COMPTEL at that time. He has also been appointed by former Virginia Governor George Allen to the Governor's Advisory Board for a Safe and Drug-Free Virginia, and to the Virginia Board for Contractors. He was also a veteran of several presidential campaigns and has twice been a candidate for the Virginia General Assembly. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the McLean Project for the Arts. Mr. McDowell received his BA from Duke University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. McDowell joined the Washington, D.C., office of Arter & Hadden.

About TechNet:

TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of CEOs that promotes the growth of technology industries and the economy by building long-term relationships between technology leaders and policymakers and by advocating a targeted policy agenda. TechNet's members represent more than one million employees in the fields of information technology, biotechnology, e-commerce and finance. TechNet has offices in Washington, DC, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Seattle, Boston, Austin, and Orange County (California). Web address: www.technet.org.


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