WASHINGTON, March 20 Federal Communications
Commissioner Robert McDowell, the senior member of the agency's
Republican minority, announced on Wednesday he will leave the
office in coming weeks.
Appointed by then-President George W. Bush in 2006, McDowell
wraps up his tenure that had a particular focus on promoting
less regulation, free Internet and lower costs.
McDowell said he had no immediate career plans.
"I have absolutely no plans other than to take my family on
a much needed vacation starting this weekend," he said at the
FCC's open meeting.
"This is not a time for farewells. I'm just announcing my
plans to step down some time soon."