The White House on Tuesday announced President Obama’s intention to renominate Republican FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell for a second term of five years. A former vice president of CompTel, an advocacy organization that represents competitive wireline service providers, McDowell joined the FCC in 2006, replacing former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, whose term was due to expire on June 30, 2009. Although McDowell would provide continuity at an agency that remains in a state of transition, the Obama Administration still has yet to announce a nominee for the last vacant Republican seat on the five-member board. (Sources anticipate that Meredith Baker—the former acting administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration—will soon be selected for that seat.) Senate leaders also have yet to confirm the start of nomination hearings for FCC Chairman-designate Julius Genachowski and for Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat and member of the South Carolina Public Service Commission who was nominated for the seat being vacated by FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. McDowell’s renomination drew wide praise from major industry players such as Verizon Communications, which lauded McDowell’s “deep understanding of this industry and the role that market incentives play in stimulating both wireline and wireless broadband deployment.” As Sprint Nextel affirmed that McDowell “has fought to promote innovation and competition,” AT&T said, “while we have not always agreed on every issue, we feel that Commissioner McDowell’s understanding of industry investment dynamics . . . will be of value to the new FCC.” Congratulating McDowell, U.S. Telecom Association President Walter McCormick, Jr. called on Congress “to take swift action and confirm Mr. McDowell, Mr. Genachowski, and the President’s other nominations to this important agency.”