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Broadband People Column: New Faces on FCC’s National Broadband Team

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WASHINGTON, November 13, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission this week named David Isenberg and Mohit Kaushaul as the latest members of its broadband team. The group is being led by Blair Levin, a former telecom analyst, who has been charged with crafting the FCC's national broadband plan.

“The plan is due for delivery to Congress on February 17, 2010. Everybody working on the plan takes this date very seriously. The work will continue after this; how long I stay at the FCC after February 17 is anybody's guess at this point,” wrote Isenberg in a blog entry.

Isenberg will be an expert broadband advisor at the FCC with a focus on how physical infrastructure choices facilitate or impede policy options. Isenberg has worked for Bell Labs and AT&T Labs and produced a Washington, D.C., technology policy conference called F2C: Freedom to Connect. He has a Ph.D. from Cal Tech in biology.

Kaushaul will be heading up a newly formed digital healthcare team at the FCC. He was previously at a venture capital fund in Boston focusing on the healthcare sector and has been an ER physician. “He will be looking at the potential promise of broadband to both cut costs out of the health care system and improve outcomes for people. He is also focusing on analyzing the current connectivity of healthcare in the U.S., covering both wired and wireless infrastructure,” wrote Eric Garr, general manager of the omnibus broadband initiative in a blog entry.

In the portions of this column includes as Premium Content, futher details are outlined about the FCC's National Broadband Plan Task Force, as well as details about new hires at TechAmerica, a departure at the White House, and a job openings in the tech and internet telephony world.

[Private_Free Trial][Private_Yearly]Garr also announced that Douglas Sicker and Carol Mattey have joined the FCC’s broadband plan task force. Sicker will be expert advisor on research and development issues. He is currently an associate professor in an interdisciplinary telecommunications program within the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Sicker has also served as director of global architecture at Level 3 Communications and served as division chief in the network technology division at the FCC. He earned his Ph.D. in telecommunications from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mattey is acting as a senior policy advisor to the team with a focus on universal service issues. Mattey has served as the director in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s regulatory and capital markets consulting practice. She also spent ten years at the FCC where she served as deputy bureau chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. Mattey has a law degree in public policy analysis from the University of Pennsylvania.

TechAmerica Hires Kim Allman

TechAmerica has brought Kim Allman on board to serve as senior vice president for state government affairs. Allman founded her own strategic government relations consulting firm specializing in entertainment clients such as Rosie O’Donnell’s foundation, financial services and civil justice clients. She also spent years handling state government affairs work for the Recording Industry Association of America and worked for MCI Worldcom’s state government relations team in the eastern United States. Allman has been a press secretary to Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and a senior policy advisor to the Michigan Senate Democratic Caucus in Lansing, Mich.

Susan Crawford To Leave The White House

White House technology policy adviser Susan Crawford is leaving her position in January to return to the University of Michigan Law School to teach on internet law and communications issues, according to a local news report. Crawford was on temporary leave from the university to serve in the White House.

Crawford is a member of the board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and is the founder of OneWebDay, a global Earth Day for the internet that takes place each Sept. 22. She has a law degree from Yale University and has served as a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

VON Seeks Executive Director

The Voice on the Net Coalition is seeking an independent contractor to serve as executive director of the group and to be responsible for the coalition’s operations and public policy advocacy.

The executive director would be charged with managing weekly coalition meetings and providing regular updates on new developments, among other tasks. The executive director would also be responsible for building relationships with federal, state and international policymakers. The Voice on the Net Coalition is looking for a candidate with experience in leading high-tech coalitions and an understanding of how internet communications work. Meanwhile, TechNet has still not announced a new president since Lezlee Westine left in April.[/Private_Free Trial][/Private_Yearly]

Winter covered technology policy issues for five-and-a-half years as a reporter for the National Journal Group. She has worked for USA Today, the Washington Times, the Magazine Group, the State Department’s International Visitor’s Program, and the Council on Hemispheric Affairs. She also taught English at a university in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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