New FCC Commissioner says he "doesn't see a compelling need for cable operators to sell a la carte programming". The newest member of the Federal Communications Commission, Robert McDowell, appears to be preparing himself for a turbulent period at the agency. The commissioner said today that should he be needed to break a FCC deadlock on the AT&T/BellSouth deal that he could quickly get up to speed on the review. Although McDowell gave few clues as to how he feels about the proposal, saying the "transaction is not that different from two we saw last year, and I hope my colleagues would proceed along a similar path." McDowell also told attendees of an investor conference in New York City that he didn't see a compelling need for cable operators to sell a la carte programming - a divergence from FCC Chair Kevin Martin's stance that embraces the idea.