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Table of Contents - September 15, 2014

Wheeler Urges Wireless Carriers to Participate in Incentive Auction, Says NAB Appeal Will Cause Delay

LAS VEGAS - FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is challenging wireless carriers to participate in the incentive auction, and he said he is worried that a challenge to the FCC's order in the proceeding will delay the sale, which is currently slated for mid-2015.

Mr. Wheeler made two appearances here during Super Mobility Week, shows held by the Competitive Carriers Association and CTIA.

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On the Move

Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell has joined the communications practice in the Washington office of Wiley Rein LLP. Mr. McDowell served on the FCC from 2006 to 2013. He was first nominated to the FCC by President George W. Bush and was nominated to a second term by President Obama. Since leaving the FCC, he has been a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for the Economics of the Internet. Before his tenure at the FCC, he was senior vice president and assistant general counsel for competitive telecom trade association CompTel, and was executive vice president and general counsel of America's Carriers Telecommunications Association before it merged with CompTel in 1999. Mr. McDowell served as counsel to the Bush-Cheney Florida recount team in 2000 and led advance teams for Mr. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush during the 2004 campaign.

The FCC has announced the appointment of Scott Jordan as chief technology officer. Mr. Jordan, who is a professor-computer science at the University of California-Irvine, will serve as the senior adviser on technical matters across the agency. He succeeds Henning Schulzrinne, who will return to Columbia University but will continue as a part-time technology adviser to the FCC.

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