Faculty Bios

Meredith Attwell Baker, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission - Meredith Attwell Baker was nominated by President Barack Obama as a member of the Federal Communications Commission on June 25, 2009, and sworn in on July 31, 2009. Ms. Baker most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). NTIA is the President's principal advisor on telecommunications and information policy. Ms. Baker was named Deputy Assistant Secretary in February 2007 and first joined NTIA as a Senior Advisor in January 2004. She also served as Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of International Affairs and on detail to the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy. At NTIA, Ms. Baker advised and represented the Executive Branch on both domestic and international telecommunications and information policy activities. With a core mission to promote market-based policies that encourage innovation and benefit consumers, NTIA under Ms. Baker pursued the effective and efficient utilization of radiofrequency spectrum by the federal government through its management of federal spectrum use, performed cutting edge telecommunications research and engineering, and oversaw the management of the Internet's domain name and numbering system. Ms. Baker also administered the coupon program to help facilitate the nation's historic transition to digital television. Ms. Baker has served on delegations representing the United States at major international telecommunications conferences and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from countries around the world. Before joining NTIA, Ms. Baker was Vice President at the firm of Williams Mullen Strategies where she focused on telecommunications, intellectual property, and international trade issues. Earlier, she held the position as Senior Counsel to Covad Communications from 2000 to 2002, and Director of Congressional Affairs at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) from 1998 to 2000. Ms. Baker worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit in Houston and later at the law firm of DeLange and Hudspeth, L.L.P. From 1990 to 1992, she worked in the Legislative Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of State in Washington. Ms. Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in 1990 and a law degree from the University of Houston in 1994. She is a member of the Texas State Bar. Ms. Baker and her husband Jamie reside in McLean, Virginia. She has four stepdaughters.

Scott Bergmann, Assistant Vice President Regulatory Affairs, CTIA - The Wireless Association - Scott K. Bergmann is Assistant Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for CTIA – The Wireless Association®, where he is responsible for coordinating regulatory issues for the association affecting the wireless industry. These issues include broadband, universal service, and spectrum policymaking. Mr. Bergmann previously served for over 12 years at the Federal Communications Commission in a wide range of positions. Most recently, Mr. Bergmann served as the Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein. In this capacity, he served as chief of staff for all policy, legal, and administrative issues within the Commissioner’s office, and was responsible for matters involving broadband, rural telecommunications, universal service, consumer protection, disability access, emergency communications, and competition issues. Prior to joining Commissioner Adelstein’s office, Mr. Bergmann served as Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief and Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. In these roles, he advised the Bureau Chief on matters including regulation of broadband services, telephone competition, public safety, and numbering. Mr. Bergmann started his career at the FCC as an Attorney-Advisor in the Industry Analysis and Technology Division of the FCC’s Common Carrier Bureau. Mr. Bergmann received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.

Daniel L. Brenner, Partner, Hogan Lovells - Daniel Brenner is a partner in the communications, media and entertainment group at Hogan Lovells, a Washington-based law firm with 26 office worldwide. He concentrates on matters involving cable operators, programmers, and suppliers with a particular focus on policy, intellectual property, and regulatory matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the U.S. Copyright Office, and Congress. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Daniel headed the regulatory and legal affairs of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry's principal trade association, for more than 16 years. In this position, he advocated on behalf of the industry before federal agencies, courts, legislative hearings, and public policy councils. He was awarded the NCTA's President's award in 2008 for his distinguished service to the industry. Previously, Daniel served as Director of the Communications Law Program and member of the faculty at UCLA School of Law. He also served as counsel to a major law firm in Los Angeles. Daniel was Senior Legal Advisor to Chairman Mark Fowler of the Federal Communications Commission from 1981 to 1986. He was also Vice-Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the ITU World Radio Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Daniel has served as a consultant on telecommunications issues for the RAND Corporation and the International Media Fund, and as a Senior Fellow at The Annenberg Washington Program. Previously, he served on the board of advisors of Falcon Cable Systems, on the board of directors of Tekelec, a publicly-traded telecommunications equipment company, and was a member of the board of trustees for Stanford University from 1982-1987 and Cable Positive, from 1995-2009. From 1986 to 1991, Daniel was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to be a member, and served as Vice-Chairman, of the board of directors for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Daniel is co-author of a leading cable treatise on cable television law. His writings on cable policy have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and federal courts of appeal. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, Brenner currently serves on the adjunct faculty of Georgetown Law School.

Kathryn C. Brown, Senior Vice President, Public Policy Development & Corporate Responsibility, Verizon - Kathryn C. Brown is senior vice president - Public Policy Development and Corporate Responsibility. She has been with the company since June 2002. She is responsible for public policy development and messaging, emerging issues management, and cultivating strategic alliances with key nationaand international organizations. She is also responsible for Verizon’s domestic and international corporate responsibility initiatives. Ms. Brown has responsibility for the Verizon Foundation and its focus on the issues of education and literwith programs such as the Verizon Thinkfinity.org education website, and safety and health, supporting initiatives that further Internet safety, anapply technology to increase access to healthca Before joining Verizon, Ms. Brown was a partner at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brown was the Chief of Staff to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman William E. Kennard, managing the agenda on all telecommunications, broadcast, and spectrum matters. Additionally, Ms. Brown was the Associate Administrator, Office of Policy Analysis and Development, at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration. Ms. Brown worked for eight years at the New York State Public Service Commission as the Director of the Consumer Services Division and as Litigation Attorney and Managing Attorney for Telecommunications with the Office of General Counsel. Prior to joining the NYPSC, she was the Deputy Clerk of the New York State Court of Appeals. Ms. Brown serves on numerous boards and advisory committees including, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History board of directors; US Center for Citizen Diplomacy board of directors; National Council of LaRaza corporate board of advisors, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) advisory board and the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity. Ms. Brown received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Marist College in 1974. She is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Kathy and her husband Steve reside in Oakton, Virginia. They have two adult daughters.

Jonathan Chaplin, Director, Telecommunications Services Sector, Credit Suisse - Jonathan Chaplin joined Credit Suisse in June 2009 as Senior Analyst covering the Telecommunications Services sector. Mr. Chaplin has been recognized as "Best on The Street" among Telecom analysts by the Wall Street Journal, second for stock picking among Telecom analysts by Forbes Magazine and as a leading stock picker among analysts covering all industries by Institutional Investor Magazine. In addition, he was named as a runner-up in the Institutional Investor All-America Research team rankings. Prior to joining Credit Suisse Mr. Chaplin was a Director and Senior Analyst covering the Telecommunications, Cable and DBS sectors at JPMorgan. Prior to joining Equity Research, Mr. Chaplin was an investment banker in the Telecom Media and Technology Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Group at JPMorgan. In addition to investment banking and equity research experience, Mr. Chaplin has direct industry experience consulting to telecommunications companies. He also started and ran a number of entrepreneurial ventures, including a magazine and two restaurants. Mr. Chaplin holds a BA and an LLB (J.D. equivalent) from the University of Cape Town.

James W. Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, AT&T - Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, is responsible for AT&T;’s public policy organization, and is chair of the AT&T; Foundation. He has served in this capacity since November 2005, following the close of the merger between SBC Communications and AT&T; Corp. Previously, Mr. Cicconi served as general counsel and executive vice president for Law & Government Affairs at AT&T; Corp. Prior to joining AT&T; in September 1998, he was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Mr. Cicconi also served in the White House under two presidents, including two years as deputy chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, and four years as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Cicconi currently serves as a director of El Paso Electric Company and the American Council on Germany; is secretary - USTelecom Board of Directors, a member of the University of Texas at Austin Development Board and the LBJ School advisory council, a trustee of The Brookings Institution, and is vice president of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He is chairman of the finance committee for the commissioning of PCU GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) and a member of the NXTcomm Board of Directors. He has also served as a presidential appointee to the Review Advisory Committee for UNESCO and to the Administrative Conference of the United States. Mr. Cicconi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

Scott Cleland, Chairman, Netcompetition.org and Founder & President, Precursor® LLC - Scott Cleland is a precursor, a prescient analyst with a long track record of industry firsts. Cleland is President of Precursor LLC, which consults for Fortune 500 clients; authors the ?widely-read? PrecursorBlog.com; and serves as Chairman of NetCompetition.org, a pro-competition e-forum supported by broadband interests. Eight different Congressional subcommittees have sought Cleland?s expert testimony on a wide range of complex emerging issues related to competition and Institutional Investor twice ranked him as the top independent telecom analyst in the U.S. Cleland has been profiled in Fortune, National Journal, Barrons, WSJ?s Smart Money, Investors Business Daily, and Washington Business Journal.

David L. Donovan, President, Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV) - David L. Donovan was named president of MSTV on July 1, 2001. MSTV is a 52-year old national association of over 530 local television stations dedicated to promoting technical quality of free, local over-the-air television service and has taken a leading role in the transition to digital television service. Donovan has nearly twenty years of broadcast regulatory and policy experience. Prior to accepting the position of MSTV president, he served for over a decade as the vice president for Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Association of Local Television Stations, Inc. (ALTV). From 1987 to 1990, he was the mass media legal advisor for the Honorable James H. Quello, FCC Commissioner. Donovan also held a number of key positions at the FCC, including legal advisor to the Mass Media Bureau Chief and interim mass media advisor to Commissioner Patricia Diaz Dennis. Donovan came to the Commission from Boston, Massachusetts, where he was in the private practice of law. He also served as law clerk to the Judicial Council of Massachusetts. He earned his J.D. from the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Donovan received both a Bachelors of Arts and a Masters Degree in communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Jacqueline, and three children.

Clyde Edwards, Director of the Office of the Chairman and National Director of Community Impact, One Economy - Clyde Edwards plays a dual role at One Economy Corporation. As Director of the Office of the Chairman, Clyde serves the important role of the liaison between Board of Directors and the organization. In that role, he assists the Chairman, Rey Ramsey, with external affairs and strategic planning for the organization. Clyde also serves as the National Director for the Community Impact Division for Interim President and CEO, Moustafa Mourad. As National Director of Community Impact, he leads his team using public purpose media to engage, inform and collaborate with communities to impact the many cities and regions One Economy serves; and individually he leads engagement the Northeast region of the country. As the leader of the Community Impact team, he is responsible for the acquisition of new opportunities to bring the organization’s community based technology solutions in other parts of the United States. Before becoming Director of the Office of the Chairman and Community Impact, he managed community partnerships and program implementation for Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD as well as media property assignments in Seattle, WA, Dayton, OH, and Gulfport/Biloxi, MS. Prior to his role as Program Officer and Community Liaison, he coordinated, managed logistics as the Special Assistant for CEO, Rey Ramsey. Before One Economy, Clyde was Legislative Assistant to the President of PodestaMattoon, one of Washington’s top ten high-tech lobbying firms, where he handled legislative tracking and client relations for eBay, Motion Picture Association of America, National Association of Broadcasters, and Reed Elsevier Inc., among others. In 1997, he began his career with former Congresswoman and current One Economy Board member Elizabeth Furse as her Scheduler and Legislative Assistant. He graduated from Mount St. Mary's University with a BA in Political Science and currently serves as an Auxiliary Board Member for the Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington, DC and a member of Mount St. Mary's University President's Council, an advisory board for the college.

Eric Einhorn, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Windstream Communications - Eric Einhorn leads Windstream Communications’ federal regulatory and legislative group as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs. Prior to joining Windstream, Eric was Executive Director, Federal Regulatory at SBC/AT&T.; He worked at the Federal Communications Commission from 1999-2004 holding various positions, including Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division -- the division responsible for universal service. Previously, Eric served as an associate at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman in Washington, D.C., Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Roger Strand in Phoenix, Arizona. Eric earned his B.S. from Cornell University and J.D., cum laude, from Boston College, where he served as a Law Review Executive Editor. Eric is currently a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association Executive Committee.

Harold Feld, Legal Director, Public Knowledge - Harold Feld is Legal Director of Public Knowledge, which seeks to ensure that the nation’s communications system (physical infrastructure, systems, content) promotes fundamental democratic principles and cultural values. Before that, Feld was Senior Vice President of the Media Access Project, and practiced telecommunications and media law at Covington & Burling. Mr. Feld has written numerous articles on Internet law and communications policy for trade publications and legal journals. Feld blogs on the Public Knowledge website and on his Tales of the Sausage Factory blog at www.wetmachine.com/totsf. Mr. Feld received his BA from Princeton University in 1989, and his JD from Boston University Law School in 1993, and clerked for the Hon. John M. Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Paul Gallant, Telecom/Media Analyst, Concept Capital - Mr. Gallant covers telecommunications and media policy for the Concept Capital's Washington Research Group. Prior to joining WRG, he served as legal advisor to the Chairman of the FCC. He has also served as legal advisor to two other FCC Commissioners. Mr. Gallant has previously held senior government affairs positions with Qwest Communications and with Broadband Office, Inc. In an earlier stint at the FCC, he helped draft the regulations that opened the cable TV and local telephone markets to competition. Before joining the FCC, Mr. Gallant served as a staffer for a U.S. Senator. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from Catholic University. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Janice and their two children.

J. Erik Garr, Partner, Diamond Management and Technology Consultants (former General Manager, National Broadband Plan, Federal Communications Commission) - On June 7 Erik Garr returned to his position as Partner at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants after serving as General Manager of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. The development of the National Broadband Plan has been uniformly well received with thousands of companies, government agencies and community groups supporting the effort, including President Barack Obama. The plan provides an ambitious roadmap to shift up to $16 billion in Universal Service Funding to more directly support broadband in unserved areas, free up to 500 Mhz of spectrum to support the next generation of mobile broadband, and provide better connectivity to key institutions across the United States that support the health care, education, public safety, and energy needs of our economy and society. Diamond Management and Technology Consultants is a consulting firm that Mr. Garr helped grow from a small private firm into a publicly traded global company. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from University of Chicago while named a 2004 Marshall Memorial Fellow, and a B.A. with high honors from the University of Michigan.

Sharon Gillett, Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission - Sharon Gillett is Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Gillett served as the Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute and previously headed the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable. From 1995-2006, Ms. Gillett was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she engaged in academic research, program management, and teaching focused on Internet and Telecommunications Policy, with a particular focus on broadband. She is a former software engineer and manager at Thinking Machines Corp. and BBN Communications Corp, where she worked on ARPANET computer networking technology.

Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA – The Wireless Association - Since joining CTIA in May 2001, Christopher Guttman-McCabe has worked on a wide range of issues involving spectrum, regulatory mandates, and homeland security. As the Vice President for Regulatory Affairs for the Association, he is responsible for coordinating regulatory issues affecting the wireless industry. Prior to joining CTIA, Mr. Guttman-McCabe worked as an attorney for four years at the D.C.-based law firm Wiley Rein LLP. He served as an associate in the Communications Practice Group where he advised clients on wireless and common carrier issues, including licensing, compliance, and policy matters. Christopher started his career as a management and strategic consultant to the steel industry at AUS Consultants and later co-founded Jacobson & Associates, a metals industry management and strategic consulting firm, where he served as the vice president. Mr. Guttman-McCabe received his BA degree in economics from Swarthmore College and his JD Magna Cum Laude from Catholic University with a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies.

Meg Hargreaves, Host, Broadband Policy Summit VI - Meg has spent more than 23 years developing information products and services for the legal, business, academic and government markets. In November 2009 Meg founded her own consulting firm, Rush River Media, which serves the strategic and product development needs of specialty information publishers. Most recently, Meg simultaneously served as President & Publisher of Pike & Fischer (A BNA Business) and Vice President and Publisher of BNA Subsidiaries, LLC. In these roles Meg was responsible for the operations of four diverse business units that produced legal and business information solutions, including: legal treatises and online reference services, newsletters, books, conferences, webinars, databases, market research, and advisory services. Prior to her tenure at BNA, Meg was Vice President of Publishing and Content Development for global competitive intelligence aggregator MarketResearch.com. In that role she led all aspects of editorial, product development, marketing and sales activity. Prior to her successful run at MarketResearch.com, Meg spent 13 years developing and marketing information products and services for LexisNexis, a member of the Reed-Elsevier global publishing family. She started her career as a research assistant in the Washington Affairs department of McGraw-Hill. Meg is a member of the Board of Directors of the Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA), a member of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) and has BA’s in both communications and history from the University of Scranton. She and her husband Phil DiFalco live in Great Falls, Virginia.

Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, Federal Communications Commission - Julius Knapp is Chief of the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET). Mr. Knapp became Chief of OET in 2006, having previously served as the Deputy Chief since 2002. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices.

Anna-Maria Kovacs, President, Regulatory Source Associates, LLC - Anna-Maria Kovacs is founder and President of Regulatory Source Associates, LLC. RSA provides investment professionals with analysis of federal and state regulation of the telecom and cable industries. Kovacs has followed the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, as either an analyst or consultant. Her undergraduate degree in Economics and English is from Boston University. Her Ph.D., from Harvard University, is in Comparative Literature with extensive work in Economic History. Her MBA is also from Harvard. Kovacs is a CFA.

Edward P. Lazarus, Chief of Staff, Federal Communications Commission - Mr. Lazarus comes to the FCC from Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was co-head of the firm-wide global litigation practice and a member of the firm’s management committee, overseeing more than 800 lawyers. He is a former prosecutor, having served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, and started his legal career as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Mr. Lazarus has also served as the Chairman of the board of AbilityFirst, a provider of housing and vocational services to people with disabilities, and the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, a nonprofit legal services organization that represents roughly 25,000 dependent youth in Southern California.

Hilda G. Legg, broadband consultant and former Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) - Ms. Legg is a prominent broadband advocate and champion. She specializes in strategy development and deployment, with emphasis on economic development in rural communities. She joined the law firm of Wiley Rein LLP in April 2009.

Marc S. Martin, Partner, K&L Gates LLP - Prior to joining K&L; Gates, Mr. Martin served as the founding chief legal officer of the following companies: Convera Corporation (NASDAQ: CNVR), BET.com, LLC (and VP and Deputy GC of Black Entertainment Television) and AmericaOne Communications, Inc. (a telecom subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation). Mr. Martin has been selected as a finalist in the Technology Transactions category from among 400 nominees by the Washington Business Journal. Prior to practicing in-house, Mr. Martin practiced in the Washington, D.C. office of a large international law firm. He also served as an attorney at the FCC in the Office of Plans and Policy (where he was part of the initial team that drafted the FCC's spectrum auction rules and policies) and in the predecessor to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

David P. McClure, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Internet Industry Association - David P. McClure is President and Chief Executive Officer of the US Internet Industry Association, an organization he founded in 1994 as the primary US trade association for broadband and the Internet. A technologist by education and experience, McClure has held management positions in the Internet, broadband, computing, aerospace and environmental services industries. Active in the online community since 1983, he has written and lectured extensively on management and technology issues, and is an authority on technology applications for business. He is a regular contributor to business and broadband publications, has authored more than 40 white papers related to the Internet and technology, and consults with government and Internet entities worldwide. He is also the author and editor of the ReasonedResponse.Com blog on technology, policy and life. In 2004, he was honored with a Cornerstone Award for leadership in the broadband industry. In 2007, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Universal Service Administrative Corporation, the non-profit organization that governs dispersal of Universal Service Funds on behalf of the Federal Communications Commission.

Mike McCormack, Executive Director, U.S. Telecommunications Research, J.P. Morgan - Mike McCormack is a Managing Director/Principal at J.P. Morgan in the equity research division covering the U.S. Wireline Telecommunications Services sector. Mr. McCormack was a runner-up in the 2006 Institutional Investor All-America Research poll. Mr. McCormack began his career in equity research as an associate analyst at Prudential Securities in 1999 covering the wireline services sector. Prior to joining Prudential, Mr. McCormack was a senior consultant and new business analyst at Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in the Global Financial Markets Group. In addition, Mr. McCormack co-founded Web Business Systems, an Internet business focused on hosting and managed services. He received an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a BA in economics from St. Lawrence University. Mike is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.

Tim McElgunn, Chief Analyst, Pike & Fischer’s Broadband Advisory Services - Tim McElgunn has more than 20 years of experience and expertise in market sizing, forecasting, segmentation and share analysis in emerging and legacy segments of the telecommunications industry. He regularly generates studies and enters consulting projects on the strategies of U.S. cable companies, telephone companies, satellite TV providers and broadband-enabled application providers such as Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft. Before joining BAS in November 2006, Tim headed up U.S. consumer broadband analysis for eight years at Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan. He also held senior analyst positions at both Datapro/NBI and Gartner Dataquest.

Paul E. Misener, Vice President for Global Public Policy, Amazon.com - Paul Misener is Amazon.com’s Vice President for Global Public Policy, and has served in this position for a decade. Both an engineer (B.S., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Princeton University, 1985) and lawyer (J.D., George Mason University, 1993; Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001), he is responsible for formulating and representing the company’s public policy positions worldwide, as well as for managing policy specialists in Asia, Europe, and North America. Formerly a partner in the law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding, Paul also served as Senior Legal Advisor to a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Prior to this government service, he was Intel Corporation’s Manager of Telecommunications and Computer Technology Policy, and leader of the computer industry’s Internet Access Coalition. In the late 1980s, Paul was a policy specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, where he was a U.S. delegate to several conferences of the International Telecommunication Union. Prior to that, he designed radio communications systems.

Daniel Mitchell, Vice President, Legal and Industry Division, National Telecommunications Cooperative Association - Daniel Mitchell is the Vice President of the Legal and Industry Division of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA). NTCA is the premier industry association representing rural communications providers. Established in 1954 by eight rural telephone companies, today NTCA represents over 584 rural incumbent local exchange carriers. All of its members are full-service communications providers and many provide wireless, broadband, CATV, IPTV, DBS, and other services to their communities. NTCA members are dedicated to providing competitive modern communications services and ensuring the economic future of their rural communities. Prior to joining NTCA in 1999, Dan was an assistant attorney general with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office where he represented consumer interests before the Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy and the Federal Communications Commission. He was lead attorney in all investigations concerning the implementation of the local competition and universal service provisions in the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Dan earned a BS in business management from Fitchburg State College, an MS in finance with distinction from Bentley College, and a JD from the New England School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association. Dan resides in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife, son, and daughter.

Steven F. Morris, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) - In his current role, Steve represents the cable industry on matters related to the regulation of telecommunications and broadband services. Mr. Morris joined NCTA in 2006. Prior to joining NCTA, Mr. Morris was the Deputy Chief of the Pricing Policy Division in the Wireline Competition Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. During his tenure at the FCC, Mr. Morris was responsible for proceedings related to the Commission’s rules on intercarrier compensation and the pricing of unbundled network elements, as well as other matters within the Pricing Policy Division. Before joining the Commission in 2001, Mr. Morris was the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Global Metro Networks, Inc., a wholesale provider of fiber optic network facilities. Prior to that, Mr. Morris was an attorney specializing in telecommunications and cable regulatory matters at Hogan & Hartson LLP and Dow, Lohnes & Albertson. Mr. Morris received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

Stephanie Phillipps, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP - Stephanie Phillipps specializes in telecommunications regulatory, legislative, administrative, and litigation matters. She is an experienced advocate before the Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and other regulatory agencies and public bodies. Ms. Phillipps has counseled clients on compliance with transactional regulatory requirements at the federal, state, and local levels. She has represented government and commercial clients in the negotiation of agreements for cable television systems, other video programming systems, and telecommunications facilities. She has also provided strategic advice to those clients in connection with litigation, legislation, and policy in the telecommunications, cable, and video programming areas. Ms. Phillipps also advises national organizations on corporate governance and policy issues.

Rey Ramsey, President & CEO, TechNet – TechNet is the preeminent bipartisan political network of Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives of leading U.S. technology companies. Our members are the nation’s drivers of innovation in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, clean technology, biotechnology, venture capital and investment banking representing two million employees and $800 billion in revenues. Prior to his role as President and CEO of TechNet, Mr. Ramsey was previously Chief of Executive Officer of One Economy Corporation, a nonprofit organization that leverages the power of technology and information to connect low-income people to the economic mainstream by bringing broadband into their homes, producing public-purpose media, and training and employing youth to enhance communities' technological capacity. He led the organization’s growth from four employees working in basement to a global organization that has taken root on four continents. Since 2000, One Economy has helped bring broadband access into the homes of over 300,000 low-income Americans. More than 17 million people have visited One Economy’s multilingual web properties. Mr. Ramsey has been on the forefront of driving the creation and distribution of public purpose media, most notably through the Public Internet Channel (www.pic.tv), which he founded. Through One Economy programs, hundreds of youth have delivered nearly 50,000 hours of service to their communities. Mr. Ramsey has spent years creating innovative partnerships between nonprofits, government and the private sector. Mr. Ramsey is the author, with Ben Hecht, of the book ManagingNonprofits.org: Dynamic Management for the Digital Age (John Wiley & Sons). Prior to the founding of One Economy, Mr. Ramsey served as president and chief operating officer of the Enterprise Foundation. Before joining Enterprise, Mr. Ramsey served in the cabinets of two governors of Oregon as the state’s director of housing and community services and practiced law. Mr. Ramsey serves on many boards, including the Schnitzer Investment Corporation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Washington Jesuit Academy, where he is vice-chairman. He was also chairman of the NAACP’s Futures Commission and served on the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. He was also the chairman of Habitat for Humanity International from 2003-2005. Mr. Ramsey holds a bachelors degree in political science from Rutgers University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.

Henry M. Rivera, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP – Mr. Rivera is an internationally recognized communications expert, author, speaker and conference leader in the communications field. A former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, this highly experienced practitioner has been named one of the District of Columbia’s “Super Lawyers” and among The Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law. He has also been singled out as a “Leading Lawyer” by Chambers USA and named among the top 12 Telecom experts in the U.S. by Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best.

R. Gerard Salemme, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy, and External Affairs, Clearwire - As executive vice president - strategy, policy and external affairs, Gerard Salemme oversees Clearwire’s spectrum strategy, acquisition and development, public policy agenda and local, state, federal, and international regulatory affairs and advocacy. Prior to assuming his current role at Clearwire, Salemme served as vice president and corporate secretary from November 2003 to April 2004. As the company’s senior policy executive, Salemme brings more than 30 years of telecommunications, government affairs, federal regulatory and public policy expertise to Clearwire. Salemme has held key executive positions at XO Communications, AT&T; Corp., McCaw Cellular, and GTE Corporation/Sprint Corporation. At AT&T;, Salemme directed the company’s federal regulatory public policy organization, including participation in the FCC’s narrowband and broadband PCS auctions. In addition, Salemme has served as the senior telecommunications policy analyst for the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Finance, as chief of staff to Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and as a lecturer of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Salem. He is currently a principal of ERH, a vice president of ERI, and a director of and consultant to ICO and ICO North America.

Steve Sharkey, Senior Director, Regulatory & Spectrum Policy, Motorola - Steve Sharkey is Senior Director, Regulatory and Spectrum Policy in Motorola’s Global Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C. He has overall responsibility for Motorola’s global regulatory and advocacy efforts. Efforts are primarily focused on policies related to spectrum management and broadband deployment and use, including working with U.S. regulators, the ITU, and other regional bodies to implement a long-term vision that facilitates a global framework for broadband growth and public safety. He manages a global technical, regulatory and advocacy team that includes expertise in a wide variety of spectrum, technology and trade related issues. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Sharkey was the lead technical representative for the Washington, DC office of AirTouch Communications. In this capacity he worked on a number of spectrum and mandate related issues, including CALEA, TTY, and location based initiatives. Prior to AirTouch, Mr. Sharkey served in a variety of roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including in the Office of Engineering and Technology, where one of his responsibilities was as an alternative liaison representative to the IRAC, and as Chief, Satellite Engineering Branch in the International Bureau. Mr. Sharkey has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delaware.

Roger C. Sherman, Chief Counsel, Communications and Technology Policy, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce - Roger Sherman has been Chief Counsel for Communications and Technology Policy to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce since January 2009. Previously, he worked as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, frequently dealing with issues of corporate oversight, communications regulation, and technology issues. Mr. Sherman has also served as a legislative assistant to Representative Henry Waxman (1990-1992) and Senator Alan Cranston (1988-1990). Between his stints in government, Mr. Sherman spent ten years as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Senior Attorney for a wireless telecommunications company, in addition to further work in private practice. He attended Harvard Law School and Amherst College.

Gigi B. Sohn, President and Co-Founder, Public Knowledge - Gigi Sohn presides over this nonprofit organization that addresses the public's stake in the convergence of communications policy and intellectual property law. Public Knowledge seeks to ensure that the nation’s communications system (physical infrastructure, systems, content) promotes fundamental democratic principles and cultural values. Now a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Faculty of Law, Graduate Studies Program, in 2002 Ms. Sohn was Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, and in 2001 was Adjunct Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Before co-founding Public Knowledge, Sohn served as a project specialist in the Ford Foundation’s Media, Arts and Culture unit. Prior to that she served as executive director of the Media Access Project, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest telecommunications law firm and in recognition of her work at MAP, President Clinton appointed Ms. Sohn to serve as a member of his Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters in October 1997. That same year American Lawyer magazine selected her as one of the leading public-sector lawyers in the country under the age of 45. She holds a BS in Broadcasting and Film, summa cum laude, from the Boston University College of Communication and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, The Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies - Lawrence J. Spiwak is President of the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that studies broad public-policy issues related to governance, social and economic conditions, with a particular emphasis on the law and economics of telecommunications and high-tech industries. Mr. Spiwak is a prolific author whose scholarly work is frequently cited by policymakers, major news media and academic journals around the world, including the Federal Communications Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of State, the United States Code Annotated, the Congressional Research Service, American Jurisprudence (2d), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). In January 2007, Mr. Spiwak was selected by the FCC’s Chairman’s Office to participate in a trip to Southeast Asia as part of President Bush’s Digital Freedom Initiative (DFI) to lecture about universal service and rural broadband deployment, and was again selected to participate in the State Department’s West Africa ICT Road Map to Opportunities Conference in Ghana in July 2008. The United States Department of Commerce, Technology Administration, also recently provided support to the Phoenix Center to study the root causes of, and potential policy solutions for, the “Valley of Death” for technology development in the United States. Mr. Spiwak received his B.A. from the George Washington University in 1986 (Special Honors, Middle Eastern Studies) and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1989, where he was the international law editor of the Cardozo Moot Court Board and served on the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Spiwak is a member in good standing of the bars of New York, Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A third generation Washingtonian, he, his wife and their daughter live in North Bethesda, MD.

Lawrence E. Strickling, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce - On June 25, 2009, the United States Senate confirmed Lawrence E. Strickling as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce. In this role, Strickling serves as Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the executive branch agency that is principally responsible for advising the President on communications and information policies, managing the Federal use of electromagnetic spectrum, performing cutting-edge telecommunications research and engineering, formulating and advocating for U.S. positions on international communications and information technology policy matters, and administering infrastructure and public telecommunications facilities grants. Mr. Strickling is a technology policy expert with more than two decades of experience in the public and private sectors. As Policy Coordinator for Obama for America, Strickling oversaw two dozen domestic policy committees and was responsible for technology and telecommunications issues. Prior to joining the campaign, Strickling was Chief Regulatory and Chief Compliance Officer at Broadwing Communications for three years. His private sector experience also includes serving in senior roles at Allegiance Telecom and CoreExpress, Inc. and as a member of the Board of Directors of Network Plus. In government, Strickling served at the Federal Communications Commission as Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau from 1998 to 2000. Prior to that, Strickling was Associate General Counsel and Chief of the FCC's Competition Division. During his tenure at the FCC, Strickling developed and enforced rules to foster competition and protect consumers in the telecommunications marketplace. Prior to joining the FCC, Strickling was Vice President, Public Policy at Ameritech. Before Ameritech, he was a litigation partner at the Chicago law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Strickling earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in economics. Prior to his appointment, he served on the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Chicago's Court Theatre, and on the Board of Directors of Music of the Baroque in Chicago.

Megan Anne Stull, Telecom Policy Counsel, Google, Inc. - Megan Anne Stull serves as Telecom Policy Counsel for Google Inc., where she focuses on federal communications policy issues. Prior to joining Google, Ms. Stull was an Associate in Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP's Communications, Media & Privacy practice group. She is an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and presently serves on the Board of Trustees for the FCBA Foundation. Ms. Stull holds a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. She also earned a certificate from The Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Columbus School of Law. Ms. Stull received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University, where she also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Thomas J. Sugrue, Vice President, Government Affairs, T-Mobile USA, Inc. - Tom Sugrue is currently Vice President of Government Affairs for T-Mobile USA, Inc. In his current capacity, he manages T-Mobile’s regulatory and legislative activities at both the federal and state levels. Prior to joining T-Mobile, he was Chief of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau for four years. The Wireless Bureau handles all FCC domestic wireless telecommunications programs and policies including the licensing, enforcement, and regulatory functions. Prior to becoming Wireless Bureau Chief in January 1999, Sugrue was a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Halprin, Temple, Goodman & Sugrue, where he specialized in communications law, regulation, and policy. From 1989 to 1995, Sugrue was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). At NTIA, he advised the Assistant Secretary, the Secretary of Commerce, and the White House on communications and information issues, developed Executive Branch policy positions, and implemented regulatory and political strategies to advance those positions. Prior to joining NTIA, Sugrue worked at the FCC as Chief of the Policy Division in the Common Carrier Bureau. While at the FCC, he was responsible for developing and implementing a number of key policy initiatives, including the FCC's open network, interconnection, and unbundling rules; the Commission's "access charge" policies; the promotion of universal service; and the transition to competition in various telecommunications markets. Before joining the FCC, Sugrue was an attorney with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and a law clerk with the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. Sugrue holds a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, a Master's degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, magna cum laude, from Boston College.

Ambassador Philip L. Verveer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. State Department - Philip L. Verveer was confirmed as Ambassador in August, 2009. Ambassador Verveer has practiced communications and antitrust law in the government and in private law firms for more than 35 years. From 1969 to 1981, Ambassador Verveer practiced as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, as a supervisory attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission, and as the chief of the Cable Television Bureau, the Broadcast Bureau, and the Common Carrier Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Between 1973 and 1977, he served as the Antitrust Division’s first lead counsel in the investigation and prosecution of United States v. American Tel. & Tel. Co., the case that eventuated in the divestiture of the Bell System. As a Bureau Chief at the FCC, Ambassador Verveer participated in a series of decisions that enabled increased competition in video and telephone services and limited regulation of information services. In 1979, Ambassador Verveer became a charter member of the Senior Executive Service and in 1980 received the Distinguished Presidential Rank award. Between 1981 and 2009, Ambassador Verveer engaged in private law practice in Washington, DC. In 1995 and 1996, Ambassador Verveer chaired the Federal Advisory Committee that identified the spectrum requirements necessary to afford public safety organizations efficient and interoperable wireless communications. He has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors of Georgetown University. Ambassador Verveer is a graduate of Georgetown University (1966, BSFS), and the University of Chicago Law School (1969, JD).

Nancy J. Victory, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP - Nancy Victory has extensive experience in communications policy. She advises a broad cross-section of the industry on the business implications of regulatory policy and represents these entities before the FCC, Congress and the Administration. Ms. Victory has particular expertise in wireless and satellite issues, including spectrum allocation, licensing, compliance and policy matters. She has extensive experience in telephony policy matters, particularly where new technology or changing market conditions conflict with historic regulation. She was recently named by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to chair the FCC Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks. The panel will make recommendations to the Commission regarding ways to improve disaster preparedness, network reliability and communication among first responders. She also served as chair of the FCC Advisory Committee for the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference. Prior to joining Wiley Rein LLP, Ms. Victory was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Lauren Maxim Van Wazer, Chief Policy and Technology Counsel, Cox Enterprises, Inc. - Lauren Maxim Van Wazer is currently Chief Policy and Technology Counsel in the DC office of Cox Enterprises. At Cox, she develops strategies to implement technology and legal public policy objectives, with a particular focus on communications issues. Ms. Van Wazer represents Cox Enterprises before the federal government and in industry coalitions, as well as private sector organizations. Previously, she was Special Counsel and Associate Chief of the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) working in the areas of spectrum and homeland security policy. While at OET, she served as the Co-Director of the FCC’s Wireless Broadband Access Task Force, Deputy Director of the Spectrum Policy Task Force, and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the World Radiocommunications Conference in 2003. For her work on wireless broadband issues, she was named Wireless Internet Service Provider Advocate of the Year for 2005 by Part-15.org. She joined the FCC in 1999 and, before joining the Office of Engineering and Technology, she held positions as Interim Legal Advisor for Wireless and International issues for Commissioner Michael J. Copps and as Senior Staff Attorney in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, Ms. Van Wazer worked as an associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter and as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph B. Guy, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Van Wazer has been an active member of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She was elected Assistant Treasurer for the 2009-2010 term and has served as Secretary and as a member of the Executive Committee, as well as Co-chair of the Wireless Practice and CLE Committees. Ms. Van Wazer received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Associate Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. Van Wazer is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School of Electrical Engineering, where received a B.S.E. in Systems Science Engineering. After receiving her baccalaureate degree, she worked for several years in various management positions in the Network Services department of AT&T.;

Richard E. Wiley, Managing Partner, Wiley Rein LLP - Richard Wiley is managing partner of this Washington, D.C. law firm that has over 250 attorneys and the largest communications practice in the United States. As a former Chairman, Commissioner and General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission (1970-77), he was a leading force in the agency's initial efforts to foster increased competition and lessened regulation in the communications field. Since 1985, Dick Wiley has been regularly recognized as one of the nation's "100 most influential" lawyers by The National Law Journal. He also has been profiled in The New York Times ("Telecommunications' Ubiquitous Man of Influence"), Los Angeles Times ("The Sixth Commissioner"), The International Herald Tribune ("Most Influential Media Lawyer in U.S."), The Globe and Mail ("Father of HDTV"), and The American Lawyer ("Brand Name of Communications Law"). In recognition of his nine-year service as Chairman of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Digital Television, he received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Electronic Industries Association's Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Broadcasters, the DTV Leadership Award from the Digital Television Academy, and the International Achievement Award from the North American Broadcasters Association. He is a member of Broadcasting & Cable magazine's "Hall of Fame", and also was named by that publication as one of the "100 Men of the Century." A native of Illinois, Dick Wiley graduated with distinction from Northwestern (BS and JD degrees) and holds a Masters Degree in Law (LLM) from Georgetown. He has received distinguished alumnus awards from each University as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Catholic University. He has served as president of the Federal Bar and Federal Communications Bar Associations and chair of the American Bar's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Institute for Tele-Information, and The Media Institute's Board of Trustees.