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FCC tips to Republican majority

U.S. Senate unanimously confirms President Bush's latest pick for the Federal Communications Commission.

The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously confirmed President Bush's latest pick for the Federal Communications Commission for a term lasting until June 30, 2009. The elevation of Robert McDowell, a longtime telecommunications-industry lawyer, restores the FCC's full slate of five commissioners and tips what had been a political balance toward Republicans.

McDowell, 42, during his March confirmation hearing that he prefers a free-market approach to solving problems instead of new regulations. He most recently served as a vice president at Comptel, a trade association that lobbies for smaller telecoms competing with the Bells. But McDowell told politicians he wouldn't let his previous line of work influence his decisions.